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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”).
- (intransitive) To swing back and forth, especially if with a regular rhythm.
- A pendulum oscillates slower as it gets longer.
- (intransitive) To vacillate between conflicting opinions, etc.
- The mood for change oscillated from day to day.
- (intransitive) To vary above and below a mean value.
to swing back and forth, especially if with a regular rhythm
- oscillate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- oscillate in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
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