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
Examples from the Web for oscillate
Americans oscillate in their opinions of women involved in affairs, seeing them either as villains or victims.
For this, either the writer is made to vibrate to and fro, or the recording plate is made to oscillate backwards and forwards.Life Movements in Plants|Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
My brain was in a whirl, and everything about me seemed to reel and oscillate unsteadily.Soldiering in North Carolina|Thomas Kirwan
Althotas quivered to the eyes at this revelation, as if an electric shock made them oscillate in their orbits.The Mesmerist's Victim|Alexandre Dumas
But when Mrs. Linton had picked it up from the ledge, beginning to oscillate it in front of her fair face, the nudging ceased.Phyllis of Philistia|Frank Frankfort Moore
She, on the contrary, tends to oscillate between the opposite extremes of her two-sided nature.Feminism and Sex-Extinction|Arabella Kenealy
British Dictionary definitions for oscillate
Word Origin for oscillate
Word Origin and History 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.