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oscillation

[ os-uh-ley-shuh n ]SEE DEFINITION OF oscillation
  • nounswinging
  • nounfluctuation

Synonyms for oscillation

  • vibration
  • quivering
  • waving
  • swaying
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR OSCILLATION

All social life is necessarily an oscillation between these two motives.

The extent of these movements of the pen measures the grade of the oscillation.

The oscillation of the fan is imparted to everything around.

The oscillation is very great and the sound nearly approaches a ring.

Still, what astonished him was, that it went straight on without any oscillation.

I refer to the oscillation of sea-level, of which so many proofs are forthcoming.

The oscillation of the engine now began to be greatly in evidence.

Don't run the wires of oscillation circuits too close together.

The time for anxiety and hesitation is over, for doubts and oscillation.

The event here was as true to itself as the oscillation of the pendulum.

WORD ORIGIN

1650s, from French oscillation, from Latin oscillationem (nominative oscillatio), noun of action from past participle stem of oscillare "to swing," supposed to be from oscillum "little face," literally "little mouth," a mask of open-mouthed Bacchus hung up in vineyards as a charm (the sense evolution would be via the notion of "swing in the breeze"); from PIE *os- "mouth" (see oral).

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