Vibration vs Wobble - What's the difference?

vibration | wobble |

As nouns the difference between vibration and wobble

is that vibration is the act of vibrating or the condition of being vibrated while wobble is an unsteady motion.

As a verb wobble is

to move with an uneven or rocking motion, or unsteadily to and fro.




(en noun)
  • The act of vibrating or the condition of being vibrated.
  • (physics) Any periodic process, especially a rapid linear motion of a body about an equilibrium position.
  • A single complete vibrating motion.
  • (slang) An instinctively sensed emotional aura or atmosphere; vibes.
  • wobble



    (en noun)
  • An unsteady motion.
  • The fat man walked down the street with a wobble .
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=October 29 , author=Neil Johnston , title=Norwich 3 - 3 Blackburn , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=That should have been that, but Hart caught a dose of the Hennessey wobbles and spilled Adlene Guedioura's long-range shot.}}
  • A tremulous sound.
  • There was a wobble on her high notes.
  • (music) A low-frequency oscillation sometimes used in dubstep
  • Synonyms

    * (unsteady motion ): jiggle, quiver, shake, tremble * (tremulous sound ): quaver, tremble, tremolo, vibrato


  • To move with an uneven or rocking motion, or unsteadily to and fro.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-06, volume=408, issue=8843, page=68, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= The rise of smart beta , passage=Investors face a quandary. Cash offers a return of virtually zero in many developed countries; government-bond yields may have risen in recent weeks but they are still unattractive. Equities have suffered two big bear markets since 2000 and are wobbling again. It is hardly surprising that pension funds, insurers and endowments are searching for new sources of return.}}
  • To tremble or quaver.
  • To vacillate in one's opinions.
  • To cause to wobble.
  • Synonyms

    * (move with an uneven or rocking motion ): judder, shake, shudder, tremble * (quaver ): quaver, quiver, tremble * (vacillate ): falter, vacillate, waffle, waver * (cause to wobble ): jiggle, rock, shake, wiggle

    Derived terms

    * wobbler * wobbly