noun os·cil·la·tion \ˌä-sə-ˈlā-shən\

: the act of regularly moving from one position to another and back to the original position

: a frequent change from one state, position, or amount to another

: the act of changing from one belief, feeling, etc., to an opposite one

Full Definition of OSCILLATION

:  the action or state of oscillating
:  a flow of electricity changing periodically from a maximum to a minimum; especially :  a flow periodically changing direction
:  a single swing (as of an oscillating body) from one extreme limit to the other
os·cil·la·tion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective


  1. the continued oscillation of the fan
  2. There has been oscillation between optimism and pessimism among voters.

First Known Use of OSCILLATION


Other Physics Terms

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Medical Dictionary


noun os·cil·la·tion \ˌäs-ə-ˈlā-shən\

Medical Definition of OSCILLATION

:  the action or state of oscillating
:  a flow of electricity changing periodically from a maximum to a minimum; especially :  a flow periodically changing direction


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