- A fan that swings around and around is an example of a fan that oscillates.
- When you go from delighted about an idea to angry about the idea and back again, this is an example of a time when you oscillate.
intransitive verb-·lat·ed, -·lat·ing
- to swing or move regularly back and forth
- to be indecisive in purpose or opinion; vacillate
- Physics to vary regularly between maximum and minimum values, as an electric current
Origin of oscillatefrom Classical Latin oscillatus, past participle of oscillare, to swing from oscillum, a swing
intransitive verbos·cil·lat·ed, os·cil·lat·ing, os·cil·lates
- To swing back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm.
- To waver, as between conflicting opinions or courses of action; vacillate: “The court has oscillated over the decades from more liberal to less, more conservative to less, depending upon who was president at the time of vacancies” ( Gordon J. Humphrey ) See Synonyms at swing.
- Physics To vary between alternate extremes, usually within a definable period of time.
Origin of oscillateLatin ōscillāre ōscillāt- from ōscillum something that swings back and forth, swing probably from ōscillum small mask of Bacchus diminutive of ōs mouth ; see ōs- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present oscillates, present participle oscillating, simple past and past participle oscillated)
oscillate - Computer Definition
Vary predictably, or rhythmically, between two extremes, usually within a set period of time. An alternating current (AC) waveform, for example, oscillates between maximum and minimum electrical values, which are positive voltage (+V) and negative voltage (
To swing back and forth between the minimum and maximum values. An oscillation is one cycle, typically one complete wave in an alternating frequency.