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Oscillate appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Satan, oscillate my metallic sonatas!
  • Party to oscillate most lilts, O metallic sooty trap!
  • To get a looter, I alcohol-oscillate my baby metallic solo ho Claire too late got.
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Oscillate (to move back and forth) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's absolutely essential words for the GRE, which includes 300 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

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Definition of the verb oscillate

What does oscillate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: oscillated | oscillating | oscillates

  1. be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action
    • example: He oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of oscillate: hover / vacillate / vibrate
    • more generic words: hesitate / waffle / waver = pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness
    • more specific word: shillyshally = be uncertain and vague
  2. move or swing from side to side regularly

Alternative definition of the verb oscillate


  1. [intransitive] To swing back and forth, especially if with a regular rhythm.
  2. [intransitive] To vacillate between conflicting opinions, etc.

Definition of the verb oscillate for high school students

    to sway from one side to the other
    • example: My uncle oscillated between buying a station wagon to transport his family and buying a sports car to satisfy his boyhood fantasies.

The verb oscillate is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for oscillate

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Google previewProfits, Deficits and Instability (1992)

by Dimitri B. Papadimitriou

we get the result that the gravitational path around which realised and produced profit perpetually oscillate is an endogenously generated growth path ...

Google previewOscillation Theory for Neutral Differential Equations with Delay (1991)

by D.D Bainov, D.P Mishev

to oscillate is that the corresponding characteristic equation (2.2.2) should have no real roots. Proof Necessity. If /0elR is a root of equation (2.2.2), then the function x (t) ...

Google previewSleep (2012)

Multi-professional Perspectives by Andrew Green, Alex Westcombe, Ved P. Varma

The capacity to oscillate is a property of all biological systems with feedback loops. There are two types of feedback loops – positive and negative – which can occur separately or in combination. Positive feedback means to 'accelerate' and ...

Google previewNanotechnology (2014)

Understanding Small Systems, Third Edition by Ben Rogers, Jesse Adams, Sumita Pennathur

simple system oscillate is an initial disturbance. In the first instant (top), the spring is elongated and thus exerts a force on the ball that tugs it back toward equilibrium. This is the only force on the ball and it results in an acceleration, a.

Google previewEnglish-Congo and Congo-English Dictionary (1883)

by Henry Craven, John Barfield

zungidi, to carry round, to waive, to cause to oscillate.

Google previewA Dictionary of Science (2017)

by Jonathan Law

A measuring instrument is said to be critically damped if the system just fails to oscillate and the system comes to rest in the shortest possible time. If it is underdamped it will oscillate repeatedly before coming to rest; if it is overdamped it will not ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica, Or Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature (1857)

Mag - Mih

The greater the magnetic force, the more quickly will the needle oscillate and recover its primitive position. The needle is, in short, in the same circumstances as a pendulum oscillating by the action of gravity; and, as in this case, the forces are ...

Google previewThe Wrong Word Dictionary (2012)

2,500 Most Commonly Confused Words by Dave Dowling

Oscillate, Osculate Oscillate means to swing back and forth or to ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Physics (2009)

by Joe Rosen

The frequency of this mode, f1, is the same as that of a single pendulum: In the second oscillation mode, the pendulums oscillate in mirror-image fashion, alternately approaching and receding from each other, causing the spring to be ...

Google previewThe Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia (2000)

by Charles Taylor

Electromagnetic waves are transverse: the electric and magnetic fields oscillate at right angles to the direction of travel. They also vibrate at right angles to one another. Sound waves are longitudinal waves. Air oscillates back and forth along ...

Google previewA Visual Dictionary of Architecture (2011)

by Francis D. K. Ching

A relatively stiff structure tends to oscillate rapidly and has a short period of vibration while a more flexible structure tends to oscillate slowly and has a longer period. Also called fundamental period of vibration. harmonic motion Periodic motion ...

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Usage statistics about oscillate

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Scrabble value of O1S1C3I1L1L1A1T1E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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