• WordNet 3.6
    • n oscillator generator that produces sonic oscillations or alternating current
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Stanford University engineers Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard started their company in a Palo Alto garage with $1,538. Their first product was an audio oscillator bought by Walt Disney studios for use in the movie Fantasia.
    • oscillator (Mech) An instrument for measuring rigidity by the torsional oscillations of a weighted wire.
    • oscillator (Electronics) One that oscillates
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n oscillator One who or that which oscillates.
    • n oscillator One of the Oscillatoria.
    • n oscillator In machinery, any oscillating machine or part of a machine, as the oscillating shuttle of a sewing-machine, or the mechanism by which a power-hammer is vibrated or tilted.
    • n oscillator A motor in which the piston oscillates in the cylinder over a minute range at high speed. In combination with a dynamo it is used to obtain currents of high frequency.
    • n oscillator In wireless telegraphy, that part of the transmitting apparatus which produces the electric waves or oscillations. See wireless telegraphy.
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  • H. L. Mencken
    “Life is a constant oscillation between the sharp horns of dilemmas.”


In literature:

The Chimpanzee's "swing song" on page 42 is a marvel of oscillating melody.
"Punch, Volume 156, January 22, 1919." by Various
Puritanism was a violent oscillation of the pendulum of life to the other side.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 5 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Our mind oscillates like a pendulum: it takes some time for it to come to rest.
"Mince Pie" by Christopher Darlington Morley
But all these move up and down, as it were, by a certain oscillation existing in the earth.
"Apology, Crito, and Phaedo of Socrates" by Plato
But all oscillations are equalized by swingings to the other side.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 2 of 14" by Elbert Hubbard
But now he became the prey of a sharper, more agonizing insight, an insight that oscillated between insufferable forms of doubt.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
All space is filled with matter oscillating at such rates.
"Six Lectures on Light" by John Tyndall
I mean their constant oscillation between atheism and Roman Catholicism.
"Varied Types" by G. K. Chesterton
The feelings do not so much advance like a river, as oscillate like a pendulum.
"The Redemption of David Corson" by Charles Frederic Goss
Nothing is known concerning the laws and periodicity of this oscillating course of development.
"Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex" by Sigmund Freud

In poetry:

With garments which the morn ill mated,
Anon came youths along;
From side to side they oscillated,
And trolled a shameful song.
"Two Visions" by Alfred Austin
O cauldrons of life, where matter, adown the eternal day,
Pours herself fruitful, seething through paths of scattering flame!
O flux of worlds and reflux to other worlds the same!
Unending oscillation betwixt newer and for aye!
"The Glory Of The Heavens" by Emile Verhaeren

In news:

The popularity of mascaras with oscillating brushes by Lancôme and L'Oréal largely contributed to the boost.
A low-noise oscillator provides stable performance for television broadcast applications from 805 to 868 MHz .
Model ZX95-868+ is a low-noise oscillator from Mini-Circuits aimed at television-broadcast applications from 805 to 868 MHz .
The FXTC-HE73 series HCMOS XpressO-TC oscillators offer a tight frequency stability of ±2.5 ppm across an extended temperature range of –40° to 85°C.
Model CLX-1020-XA is a fixed-frequency, phase-locked oscillator with a stable output at 1030 MHz .
Model USSP1217-LF is a RoHS-compliant voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) designed for L-band applications from 1210 to 1230 MHz .
Neutron experiments give unprecedented look at quantum oscillations.
CEAttachments, a global supplier of attachments for compact equipment, has added the new EDGE Oscillating Snow Push to its lineup of snow moving attachments.
Buhler Aeroglide's AeroFeed OS+ oscillating spout feeder with online adjustment provides moisture uniformity and even, consistent bed loading across the width and depth of the product bed.
Tools/Machines Tools & Machines Archives Bosch offers two new cutting blades for oscillating tools.
Bosch has introduced its titanium-coated and 3Max tungsten carbide cutting blades for its oscillating tool.
Unlike most stationary sprinklers, which can spray your patio along with your lawn, the Gilmour Pattern Master Oscillating Sprinkler offers a neurotic level of customization so you'll avoid wasting water.
The variable speed unit has an oscillation angle of 2.8 degrees and comes equipped with a 10-foot cord for easy jobsite maneuverability.
Revision of D7421 - 08 Standard Test Method for Determining Extreme Pressure Properties of Lubricating Oils Using High-Frequency, Linear- Oscillation (SRV) Test Machine.
Interchangeable tires or trackswith up to 20° oscillation.

In science:

Since the general q -oscillator eq(10) can respectively be reduced to these algebras for certain suitably chosen parameters, we can conclude that the general q -oscillator is not equivalent to the usual MacfarlaneBiedenharn or the Hong Yan q -oscillator.
A General $q$-Oscillator Algebra
As already mentioned D0 − ¯D0 oscillations can proceed even if slowly; on the other hand there are no T 0 − ¯T 0 oscillations since top quarks decay before they can hadronize . – Likewise one can search for CP violation in D0 − ¯D0 oscillations, whereas nothing like that can happen for top states.
Heavy Flavour Physics: On Its More Than 50 Years Of History, Its Future And The Rio Manifesto
The backreaction of rapidly generated fluctuations does not allow homogeneous background oscillations to occur because all energy of the oscillating field is transferred to the energy of long-wavelength scalar field fluctuations within a single oscillation.
Preheating, Thermalization and Supergravity
This frequency behaviour and the absence of oscillations at the peak of the bursts is similar to the burst oscillations seen in other, non-pulsating neutron star LMXBs, demonstrating that indeed the burst-oscillations occur at the neutron-star spin frequency in all sources.
An observational review of accretion-driven millisecond X-ray pulsars
According to the currently accepted LMA oscillation solution, the basic oscillation mechanism switches somewhere in the vicinity of 2 MeV (see Equation 9 and Figure 2) from the MSW matter-dominated oscillations that prevail at high energies to the vacuum oscillations that dominate at low energies.
Solar models and solar neutrino oscillations