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oscillate

[os-uh-leyt] /ˈɒs əˌleɪt/
verb (used without object), oscillated, oscillating.
1.
to swing or move to and fro, as a pendulum does.
2.
to vary or vacillate between differing beliefs, opinions, conditions, etc.:
He oscillates regularly between elation and despair.
3.
Physics. to have, produce, or generate oscillations.
4.
Mathematics. (of a function, sequence, etc.) to tend to no limit, including infinity:
The sequence 0, 1, 0, 1, … oscillates.
verb (used with object), oscillated, oscillating.
5.
to cause to move to and fro; vibrate.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; < Latin oscillātus (past participle of oscillāre to swing, ride on a swing), equivalent to oscill(um) a swing + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
interoscillate, verb, interoscillated, interoscillating.
unoscillating, adjective
Can be confused
oscillate, osculate.
Synonyms
1. See swing1 . 2. fluctuate, waver.
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Examples from the web for oscillated
  • The team used lasers to monitor vibrations as they were oscillated by a lab device called a mini-shaker.
  • Prehistoric animals lived on the continents and in the great oceans that oscillated back and forth across the continents.
British Dictionary definitions for oscillated

oscillate

/ˈɒsɪˌleɪt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to move or swing from side to side regularly
2.
(intransitive) to waver between opinions, courses of action, etc
3.
(physics) to undergo or produce or cause to undergo or produce oscillation
Word Origin
C18: from Latin oscillāre to swing, from oscillum a swing
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Word Origin and History for oscillated

oscillate

v.

1726, back-formation from oscillation, or else from Latin oscillatus, past participle of oscillare (see oscillation). From 1917 in electronics. Related: Oscillated; oscillating.

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oscillated in Medicine

oscillate os·cil·late (ŏs'ə-lāt')
v. os·cil·lat·ed, os·cil·lat·ing, os·cil·lates

  1. To swing back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm.

  2. To vary between alternate extremes, usually within a definable period of time.


os'cil·la'tor n.
os'cil·la·to'ry (-lə-tôr'ē) adj.
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