oscillator

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os·cil·la·tor

noun \ˈä-sə-ˌlā-tər\

Definition of OSCILLATOR

1
:  one that oscillates
2
:  a device for producing alternating current; especially :  a radio-frequency or audio-frequency generator

First Known Use of OSCILLATOR

1835

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os·cil·la·tor

noun \ˈäs-ə-ˌlāt-ər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of OSCILLATOR

: a device or mechanism for producing or controlling oscillations; especially : one (as a radio-frequency generator) for producing an alternating current

oscillator

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Mechanical or electronic device that produces a back-and-forth periodic motion. A pendulum is a simple mechanical oscillator that swings with a constant amplitude, requiring the addition of energy at each swing only to compensate for the energy lost because of air resistance or friction. In electronic oscillators, electrons oscillate with a constant period and also require the addition of energy to replace energy loss. Electronic oscillators are used to generate alternating current and high-frequency currents for carrier waves in radio broadcasting. They are incorporated in a wide variety of electronic equipment.

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