oscillator

[ os-uh-ley-ter ]
/ ˈɒs əˌleɪ tər /
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noun

Electronics. a circuit that produces an alternating output current of a certain frequency determined by the characteristics of the circuit components.
a device or machine producing oscillations.
a person or thing that oscillates.

Nearby words

  1. oscillating engine,
  2. oscillating universe,
  3. oscillating universe theory,
  4. oscillating vision,
  5. oscillation,
  6. oscillatory,
  7. oscillatory potential,
  8. oscillogram,
  9. oscillograph,
  10. oscillometer

Origin of oscillator

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

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British Dictionary definitions for oscillator

oscillator

/ (ˈɒsɪˌleɪtə) /

noun

a circuit or instrument for producing an alternating current or voltage of a required frequency
any instrument for producing oscillations
a person or thing that oscillates
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Word Origin and History for oscillator

oscillator

n.

agent noun in Latin form from oscillate; 1835 of persons, 1889 in reference to electric currents.

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