oscillator

noun

os·​cil·​la·​tor ˈä-sə-ˌlā-tər How to pronounce oscillator (audio)
1
: one that oscillates
2
: a device for producing alternating current
especially : a radio-frequency or audio-frequency generator

Examples of oscillator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The resulting oscillator has reduced the jitter in the system to just 15 femtoseconds Today, these applications rely on microwave oscillators. IEEE Spectrum, 19 Mar. 2024 Figure 7 shows the trailing one-year oscillators of all 11 O’Neil sectors versus the S&P 500 going back to 1970. Randy Watts, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 Little darts of flute and clarinet puncture the pulse of a modulated oscillator, with cello and violin casting long sentimental shadows. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2024 For now, the Nasdaq 100 chart suggests the rally is overheated based on standard technical oscillators regardless of the daily, monthly, or weekly time frame. Moneyshow, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 What is the source of the Entity FX that the sound team created using oscillators, filters and modulators? Craigh Barboza, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Feb. 2024 As described in the accompanying Hands On article, this project is a digital clock that uses a high stability 10 Megahertz oscillator as its timing reference. IEEE Spectrum, 30 Jan. 2024 Normal Computing’s stochastic processing unit, or SPU, exploits the thermodynamic properties of electrical oscillators to perform calculations using random fluctuations that occur inside the circuits. Will Knight, WIRED, 18 Jan. 2024 The plans called for a 478-key keyboard, an analog synthesizer, a bank of oscillators, and an impossibly intricate series of circuits between them. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 19 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of oscillator was in 1798

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Cite this Entry

“Oscillator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oscillator. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

oscillator

noun
os·​cil·​la·​tor ˈäs-ə-ˌlāt-ər How to pronounce oscillator (audio)
1
: one that oscillates
2
: a device for producing alternating current
especially : a radio-frequency or audio-frequency generator

Medical Definition

oscillator

noun
os·​cil·​la·​tor ˈäs-ə-ˌlāt-ər How to pronounce oscillator (audio)
: a device or mechanism for producing or controlling oscillations
especially : one (as a radio-frequency generator) for producing an alternating current

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