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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 of oscillator
1825-1835
1825-35; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin oscillā(re) to swing (see oscillate) + -tor -tor
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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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