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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The cleaner works with an oscillator that'll move it back and forth, causing the cleaner to cover the bottom of the pool and pick up grime. Veronica Graham, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Sep. 2022 Here is an example of the stochastic oscillator using ether (ETH). Steven Ehrlich, Forbes, 2 May 2022 And there's a reading based on the stochastic oscillator that is an actual overbought reading. Steven Ehrlich, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Its creation involved the filing of eight—that number again, natch—patent applications (involving, among other aspects, the watch glass assembly, barrel structure, oscillator module and bracelet). Nick Scott, Robb Report, 21 Mar. 2022 So, Burt says, atomic clocks pair an oscillator with a collection of atoms to help keep that frequency stable. Katrina Miller, Wired, 19 Oct. 2021 Atomic clocks, like every other kind, start with an oscillator: something that vibrates. Katrina Miller, Wired, 19 Oct. 2021 This watch features a rose gold metal casing and moving glitter pieces as well as a quartz oscillator and three hands to keep track of time as precisely as possible. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2021 Then he was put on a high-frequency oscillator, another type of breathing machine that delivers very small breaths at a high rate, most commonly used for babies who are not responding to conventional ventilation. Jamie Landers, The Arizona Republic, 5 Mar. 2021 See More

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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 2 Dec. 2022.

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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