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Meaning of OSCILLATE

Pronunciation:  'âsu`leyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  move or swing from side to side regularly; "the needle on the meter was oscillating"
  2. [v]  be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action; "He oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement"

OSCILLATE is a 9 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: hover, vacillate, vibrate, vibrate
 See Also: hesitate, hunt, librate, shillyshally, sway, swing, waffle, waver



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Os"cil*late\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Oscillated}; p.
pr. & vb. n. {Oscillating}.] [L. oscillare to swing, fr.
oscillum a swing, a little mask or puppet made to be hung
from trees and swing in the wind, prob. orig., a little
mouth, a dim. from os mouth. See {Oral}, and cf. {Osculate}.]
1. To move backward and forward; to vibrate like a pendulum;
   to swing; to sway.

2. To vary or fluctuate between fixed limits; to act or move
   in a fickle or fluctuating manner; to change repeatedly,
   back and forth.

         The amount of superior families oscillates rather
         than changes, that is, it fluctuates within fixed
         limits.                               --Dc Quincey.

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