free oscillation

noun

Definition of free oscillation

  1. 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. 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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