oscillate

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From Latin oscillatus perfect passive participle of Latin oscillō (swing), from oscillum (a swing), usually identified with oscillum (a little face or mask hung to a tree and swaying with the wind), diminutive of os (mouth, face).

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oscillate (third-person singular simple present oscillates, present participle oscillating, simple past and past participle oscillated)

  1. (intransitive) To swing back and forth, especially if with a regular rhythm.
    A pendulum oscillates slower as it gets longer.
  2. (intransitive) To vacillate between conflicting opinions, etc.
    The mood for change oscillated from day to day.
  3. (intransitive) To vary above and below a mean value.

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oscillate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of oscillare
  2. second-person plural imperative of oscillare
  3. feminine plural of oscillato

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