Function: intransitive verb
Inflected Form(s): os·cil·lat·ed; os·cil·lat·ing
Etymology: Latin oscillatus, past participle of oscillare to swing, from oscillum swing
1 a: to swing backward and forward like a pendulum b: to move or travel back and forth between two points
2: to vary between opposing beliefs, feelings, or theories
3: to vary above and below a mean value
synonyms see swing
— os·cil·la·to·ry \ˈä-sə-lə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective
Not mentioned here, but my dad being and electronic engineer, growing up we always had the odd oscillator around as well.
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Okay, I give up, why?etymonline.com wrote:oscillation -1650s, from Fr. oscillation, from L. oscillationem (nom. oscillatio), pp. of oscillare "to swing," supposed to be from oscillum "little face," lit. "little mouth," a mask of open-mouthed Bacchus hung up in vineyards to swing in the breeze.
Suggested long ago, I vote we give this one some good vibes and see if we can't get it treated by the Dr.
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