oscillate

oscillate
os|cil|late [ˈɔsıleıt US ˈa:-] v
[Date: 1700-1800; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of oscillare [i]'to swing', from oscillum 'swing']
1.) formal to keep changing between two extreme amounts or limits
The stock market is oscillating wildly at the moment.
oscillate between
His income oscillated between £1500 and £2000 a month.
2.) formal to keep changing between one feeling or attitude and another
oscillate between
Her attitude towards me oscillated between friendship and hostility.
3.) to move backwards and forwards in a regular way
The needle on the dial began to oscillate.
4.) technical if an electric current oscillates, it changes direction very regularly and very frequently

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  • oscillate — os‧cil‧late [ˈɒsleɪt ǁ ˈɑː ] verb [intransitive] to move regularly between two limits or states: • The trade balance used to oscillate between surplus and deficit. oscillation noun [countable, uncountable] * * * oscillate UK US /ˈɒsɪleɪt/ verb… …   Financial and business terms

  • oscillate — [äs′ə lāt΄] vi. oscillated, oscillating [< L oscillatus, pp. of oscillare, to swing < oscillum, a swing] 1. to swing or move regularly back and forth 2. to be indecisive in purpose or opinion; vacillate 3. Physics to vary regularly between… …   English World dictionary

  • Oscillate — Os cil*late ([o^]s s[i^]l*l[=a]t), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Oscillated} ([o^]s s[i^]l*l[=a] t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Oscillating} ([o^]s s[i^]l*l[=a] t[i^]ng).] [L. oscillare to swing, fr. oscillum a swing, a little mask or puppet made to be hung… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oscillate — I verb agitari, agitate, alternate, be doubtful, be indecisive, be irresolute, be uncertain, be undecided, be undetermined, be unresolved, be unsteady, be unsure, beat, bounce, debate, deliberate, falter, flap, fluctuate, flutter, fret, hesitate …   Law dictionary

  • oscillate — 1726, from L. oscillat , pp. stem of oscillare (see OSCILLATION (Cf. oscillation)). 1917 in electronics. Related: Oscillated; oscillating …   Etymology dictionary

  • oscillate — *swing, sway, vibrate, fluctuate, pendulate, waver, undulate Analogous words: vacillate, waver, *hesitate, falter: *shake, tremble, quiver, quaver …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • oscillate — [v] change back and forth be unsteady, dangle, fishtail, flicker, fluctuate, librate, lurch, palpitate, pendulate, pitch, pivot, reel, ripple, rock, roll, seesaw, stagger, sway, swing, switch, swivel, teeter, teeter totter*, thrash, toss, totter …   New thesaurus

  • oscillate — ► VERB 1) move or swing back and forth at a regular rate. 2) waver between extremes of opinion or emotion. DERIVATIVES oscillation noun oscillator noun oscillatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin oscillare to swing …   English terms dictionary

  • oscillate — UK [ˈɒsɪleɪt] / US [ˈɑsɪˌleɪt] verb [intransitive] Word forms oscillate : present tense I/you/we/they oscillate he/she/it oscillates present participle oscillating past tense oscillated past participle oscillated 1) a) physics to move… …   English dictionary

  • oscillate — v. (D; intr.) to oscillate between * * * [ ɒsɪleɪt] (D; intr.) to oscillate between …   Combinatory dictionary

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