Definition of oscillation
1 : the action or state of oscillating stays can be effectively used to prevent oscillations in new bridges — D. B. Steinman
3 : a flow of electricity changing periodically from a maximum to a minimum; especially : a flow periodically changing direction
4 : a single swing (as of an oscillating body) from one extreme limit to the other Each oscillation of the pendulum represents one second.
oscillationalplay \ˌä-sə-ˈlā-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
Examples of oscillation in a Sentence
the continued oscillation of the fan
There has been oscillation between optimism and pessimism among voters.
Recent Examples of oscillation from the Web
But unlike their synchronization during sleep, these oscillations were brief and disjointed.
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First Known Use of oscillation
OSCILLATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of oscillation for English Language Learners
: 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
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