oscillator

[os-uh-ley-ter]
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:
1825–35; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to Latin oscillā(re) to swing (see oscillate) + -tor -tor

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oscillator (ˈɒsɪˌleɪtə)
 
n
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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oscillator
agent noun from oscillate; 1835 of persons, 1889 in reference to electric currents.
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Example sentences
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.
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