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oscillator

[os-uh-ley-ter]
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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

1825–35; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin oscillā(re) to swing (see oscillate) + -tor -tor
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Examples from the Web for oscillator

Historical Examples

  • First, he would need an oscillator to produce the complex pulse.

    Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung

    Victor Appleton

  • The oscillator, though simple in its construction, is one of the most wonderful of all electrical devices.

  • From this oscillator Doctor Tesla sends out the electrical waves with which he hopes to revolutionize industry.

  • Think of the tower of the oscillator as a tube, and of the great mushroom-shaped top of the plant as another ball.

  • Cupid tossed his curls in the direction of the moving staircase, which in Toyland was known as the "Oscillator."

    Winnie Childs

    C. N. Williamson


British Dictionary definitions for oscillator

oscillator

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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