oscillator

noun
os·​cil·​la·​tor | \ ˈä-sə-ˌlā-tər How to pronounce oscillator (audio) \

Definition of oscillator

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 Another kind of entanglement between mechanical oscillators was reported, in back-to-back papers with Gröblacher’s team in Nature, by Mika Sillanpää of Aalto University in Finland and colleagues. Quanta Magazine, "Real-Life Schrödinger’s Cats Probe the Boundary of the Quantum World," 25 June 2018 Even oscillators that have different natural frequencies, when coupled, reach a compromise and oscillate in tandem. Natalie Wolchover, WIRED, "The Math of How Crickets, Starlings, and Neurons Sync Up," 7 Apr. 2019 Even oscillators that have different natural frequencies, when coupled, reach a compromise and oscillate in tandem. Natalie Wolchover, WIRED, "The Math of How Crickets, Starlings, and Neurons Sync Up," 7 Apr. 2019 The sounds were created with audio equipment, including oscillators, that created tunable sound waves. New York Times, "Mario Davidovsky, Composer Who Made Electronics Sing, Dies at 85," 28 Aug. 2019 Even oscillators that have different natural frequencies, when coupled, reach a compromise and oscillate in tandem. Natalie Wolchover, WIRED, "The Math of How Crickets, Starlings, and Neurons Sync Up," 7 Apr. 2019 Even oscillators that have different natural frequencies, when coupled, reach a compromise and oscillate in tandem. Natalie Wolchover, WIRED, "The Math of How Crickets, Starlings, and Neurons Sync Up," 7 Apr. 2019 The goal is to put the oscillator in a quantum superposition of two vibration modes, and then see whether gravity destabilizes the superposition. Quanta Magazine, "Physicists Eye Quantum-Gravity Interface," 31 Oct. 2013 In an atomic clock, the frequency of the quartz oscillator is fine tuned to match the energy needed to pop electrons to a new energy level. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "How a Toaster-Sized Atomic Clock Could Pave the Way for Deep Space Exploration," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of oscillator

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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“Oscillator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oscillators. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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oscillator

noun
os·​cil·​la·​tor | \ ˈäs-ə-ˌlāt-ər How to pronounce oscillator (audio) \

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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