oscillator

noun os·cil·la·tor \ ˈä-sə-ˌlā-tər \

Definition of oscillator

1 :one that oscillates
2 :a device for producing alternating current; especially :a radio-frequency or audio-frequency generator

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First Known Use of oscillator

1798


Medical Dictionary

oscillator

noun os·cil·la·tor \ ˈäs-ə-ˌlāt-ər \

medical Definition of oscillator

: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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