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oscillator

[os-uh-ley-ter] /ˈɒs əˌleɪ tər/
noun
1.
Electronics. a circuit that produces an alternating output current of a certain frequency determined by the characteristics of the circuit components.
2.
a device or machine producing oscillations.
3.
a person or thing that oscillates.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to Latin oscillā(re) to swing (see oscillate) + -tor -tor
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Examples for oscillator
  • The engineered form lost its internal oscillator and therefore stopped producing spores in spurts.
  • The oscillator is a light wave produced by a laser that oscillates at one million billion times per second.
  • For example think of the local minimum of a harmonic oscillator.
  • The bacteria represent the first synchronized genetic oscillator.
  • Radios normally use a quartz crystal or some other oscillator to serve as a reference when adjusting the radio frequency.
  • And the movement of the cloud back and forth is a harmonic oscillator.
  • The monitor works by picking up signals from a car radio's oscillator, the part of the radio that tunes into the station.
  • Problems arose between oscillator coils and the transistors themselves.
  • One of the first systems anybody studies is the simple harmonic oscillator, which is the height of simplicity and elegance.
  • Apparently the concept of using the oscillator to determine depths was an afterthought.
British Dictionary definitions for oscillator

oscillator

/ˈɒsɪˌleɪtə/
noun
1.
a circuit or instrument for producing an alternating current or voltage of a required frequency
2.
any instrument for producing oscillations
3.
a person or thing that oscillates
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Word Origin and History for oscillator
n.

agent noun in Latin form from oscillate; 1835 of persons, 1889 in reference to electric currents.

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