verb (used without object), os·cil·lat·ed, os·cil·lat·ing.
verb (used with object), os·cil·lat·ed, os·cil·lat·ing.
Origin of oscillate
Synonyms for oscillate
Related Words for oscillatevacillate, wobble, lurch, seesaw, waver, teeter, fluctuate, toss, flicker, vary, pitch, ripple, pivot, whirl, wag, dangle, undulate, stagger, vibrate, waggle
Examples from the Web for oscillate
Contemporary Examples of oscillate
Americans oscillate in their opinions of women involved in affairs, seeing them either as villains or victims.Broadway Cheers for Cheating
April 25, 2010
Historical Examples of oscillate
I expected to see it grip the wretched Bob, when it began to oscillate from side to side.The Lock And Key Library
The weight will oscillate at a uniform rate, or so many times a minute.Historic Inventions
Rupert S. Holland
Anyhow, I know I must oscillate between north and south, so oscillate I do.Aaron's Rod
D. H. Lawrence
That is to say, the body must oscillate from side to side, or waddle.Homo-culture
Martin Luther Holbrook
It does not oscillate (or pump), though extremely sensitive.A Treatise on Meteorological Instruments
Word Origin for oscillate
1726, back-formation from oscillation, or else from Latin oscillatus, past participle of oscillare (see oscillation). From 1917 in electronics. Related: Oscillated; oscillating.