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oscillate

[ os-uh-leyt ]
/ 藞蓲s 蓹藢le瑟t /
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verb (used without object), os路cil路lat路ed, os路cil路lat路ing.
to swing or move to and fro, as a pendulum does.
to vary or vacillate between differing beliefs, opinions, conditions, etc.: He oscillates regularly between elation and despair.
Physics. to have, produce, or generate oscillations.
Mathematics. (of a function, sequence, etc.) to tend to no limit, including infinity: The sequence 0, 1, 0, 1, 鈥 oscillates.
verb (used with object), os路cil路lat路ed, os路cil路lat路ing.
to cause to move to and fro; vibrate.
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Origin of oscillate

1720鈥30; <Latin oscill膩tus (past participle of oscill膩re 鈥渢o swing, ride on a swing鈥), equivalent to oscill(um) 鈥渁 swing鈥 + -膩tus -ate1

synonym study for oscillate

1. See swing1.

OTHER WORDS FROM oscillate

in路ter路os路cil路late, verb, in路ter路os路cil路lat路ed, in路ter路os路cil路lat路ing.un路os路cil路lat路ing, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH oscillate

oscillate , osculate
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British Dictionary definitions for oscillate

oscillate
/ (藞蓲s瑟藢le瑟t) /

verb
(intr) to move or swing from side to side regularly
(intr) to waver between opinions, courses of action, etc
physics to undergo or produce or cause to undergo or produce oscillation

Word Origin for oscillate

C18: from Latin oscill膩re to swing, from oscillum a swing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for oscillate

oscillate
[ 艔s蓹-l膩t鈥 ]

v.
To swing back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm.
To vary between alternate extremes, usually within a definable period of time.

Other words from oscillate

oscil鈥a鈥瞭or n.oscil鈥a鈥o鈥瞨y (-l蓹-t么r鈥材) adj.
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