free oscillation

noun

Definition of free oscillation

1 : the oscillation of a body or system with its own natural frequency and under no external influence other than the impulse that initiated the motion

called also free vibration

opposed to forced oscillation
2 : damped alternating current produced by an electric impulse in a circuit but flowing while no external electromotive force is being applied

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“Free oscillation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/free%20oscillation. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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