oscillate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v oscillate move or swing from side to side regularly "the needle on the meter was oscillating"
    • v oscillate be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action "He oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement"
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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.
    • Oscillate To move backward and forward; to vibrate like a pendulum; to swing; to sway.
    • Oscillate To vary or fluctuate between fixed limits; to act or move in a fickle or fluctuating manner; to change repeatedly, back and forth. "The amount of superior families oscillates rather than changes, that is, it fluctuates within fixed limits."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • oscillate To swing; move backward and forward; vibrate, as a pendulum.
    • oscillate Hence To vary or fluctuate; waver.
    • oscillate Synonyms Vacillate, Waver, etc. See fluctuate.
    • oscillate To cause to swing or move backward and forward; cause to vibrate or swing to and fro.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Oscillate os′sil-lāt to move backwards and forwards like a pendulum: to vary between certain limits
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Quotations

  • H. L. Mencken
    H.%20L.%20Mencken
    “Life is a constant oscillation between the sharp horns of dilemmas.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. oscillare, to swing, fr. oscillum, a swing, a little mask or puppet made to be hung from trees and swing in the wind, prob. orig., a little mouth, a dim. from os, mouth. See Oral, and cf. Osculate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. oscillāre, -ātum, to swing—oscillum, a swing.

Usage

In literature:

Oscillation was set up by means of one carefully standardized electrical impulse, instead of by the clumsy finger-touch Seaton had used.
"Skylark Three" by Edward Elmer Smith
The two prongs separate, oscillate rapidly, and a sound of a certain tone is heard.
"The Mind and the Brain" by Alfred Binet
So her mind oscillated until the cab drew up beside the curb; and, with a nervous start, she heard the cabman open the trap-door.
"The Mystics" by Katherine Cecil Thurston
Cupid's response was the slightest oscillation of the extreme point of his tail.
"The Maidens' Lodge" by Emily Sarah Holt
The long green stripes, after oscillating a moment, would settle down again in graceful and motionless curves.
"The Rifle Rangers" by Captain Mayne Reid
The globe was turning rapidly now, oscillating from side to side.
"Gambler's World" by John Keith Laumer
Don't oscillate from one thing to another.
"The Wonder Island Boys: Adventures on Strange Islands" by Roger Thompson Finlay
The Dervishes had formed a semicircle in front of them, with a fringe of the oscillating heads of the camels.
"A Desert Drama Being The Tragedy Of The "Korosko"" by A. Conan Doyle
Like the oscillations of the pendulum of a clock the Negro is swinging from an extreme religious fanaticism to an extreme rationalism.
"History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880. Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Washington Williams
Without these oscillations movement could not be.
"Preventable Diseases" by Woods Hutchinson
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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:

Oscillating microscopic beads could be key to biolab on a chip.
Skull-oscillating total metal overkill, Loinclöth isn't a joke.
The Arctic Oscillation plays an important role in winter weather in the Northern Hemisphere.
Let's Do The Arctic Oscillation .
If more concentrated air movement is required, the oscillating function can be switched offy and the fan aimed in one direction.
Clock oscillator offers low noise.
Quantum oscillator responds to pressure.
Dremel Introduces First-Of-It's-Kind Universal Oscillating Accessory Adapter .
A recall has been issued for Touch Point Oscillating Ceramic Heaters imported by Meijer Inc of Grand Rapids, Mich.
1020 MHz SMT phase -locked oscillator features exceptionally low phase noise.
Pivot 180 Oscillation Fan.
A new power-transistor technology, advances in RF MEMS, and oscillator innovations are among the technologies that could disrupt current design approaches.
High Performance, High- Reliability Oscillators.
Its lateral oscillation resolves ghosting issues by delivering consistent ink distribution to the printing plates.
For applications that simply cannot tolerate phase noise, the DCSO1000-12 voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) from Synergy Microwave Corp.
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In science:

So in very low temperatures the energy flows from oscillator to the reservoir by the rate Γn→n−1 7→ nβ m and no energy flows from reservoir to oscillator.
A minimal coupling method for investigating one dimensional dissipative quantum systems
In fig. 5 the dotted lines show the spectra without (i.e. before) The effect of oscillations. oscillations: these spectra have been already described in section 2.
Spectra of neutrinos from dark matter annihilations
If θ13 = 0, (ν ) atm and θatm , so their spectra are not affected: the solid lines (oscillated results) are actually superimposed to the dotted ones (no oscillations) in fig. 5.
Spectra of neutrinos from dark matter annihilations
Sun are instead affected by both ‘atmospheric’ and ‘solar’ oscillations: in the whole plausible energy range oscillations are averaged and all flavors are involved.
Spectra of neutrinos from dark matter annihilations
R¨ossler oscillators, can synchronize under certain conditions. R¨ossler oscillators are sometimes treated as prototype of chaotic systems.
Synchronization of R{\"o}ssler Oscillators on Scale-free Topologies
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