1Move or swing back and forth at a regular speed: a pendulum oscillates about its lowest point
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- The tip may also oscillate up and down as it moves across the surface, mapping out the surface features.
- It is simply a measure of how quickly something is oscillating or vibrating.
- The cams are mounted on a shaft which oscillates in rotation, and the pistons move so as to follow the profile of the cam.
swing, swing back and forth, swing to and fro, sway
1.1 [with adverbial] Waver between extremes of opinion, action, or quality: he was oscillating between fear and bravery
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- This can cause the players' strategies to oscillate back and forth indefinitely.
- They oscillate back and forth between the Church and party officials, depending on which side is more convincing at a time.
- He'll oscillate back and forth between a discussion of eastern philosophies and a discussion of particle physics.
waver, swing, fluctuate, alternate, seesaw, yo-yo, sway, vacillate, waffle, hover
2 Physics Vary in magnitude or position in a regular manner around a central point.
- The light made the electrons in each atom oscillate back and forth from one side of the atom to the other.
- The temperature of a very narrow central region was observed to oscillate in a sinusoidal manner for over two minutes.
- The physical scalar fields that oscillate as normal modes about the potential minimum are the massless angular mode and the massive radial mode.
2.1(Of a circuit or device) cause the electric current or voltage running through it to behave in this way.
- Alternating Current simply means that the voltage oscillates between positive and negative.
- The electric field reverses direction, or oscillates, every 15 minutes.
- When sufficient gsl is present, it drives fast bursting, and as a result the slow s2 current does not have enough time to oscillate.
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- This study was carried out to clarify the detailed features of oscillatory motion using atomic force microscopy.
- Figure 1 shows that changes in the power of two oscillatory components at different frequencies can be continuously and accurately tracked over time.
- Studies so far show no direct evidence saying how the variation of oscillatory frequency as shown in Figs.4 and 5 depends on the sites along axonemes.
Early 18th century: from Latin oscillat- 'swung', from the verb oscillare.
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