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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