Oscillate

Definition of Oscillate

Os´cil`late   Pronunciation: ǒs´sĭl`lāt
v. i.1.
[imp. & p. p. Oscillated (ǒs"sĭl*lā`tĕd); p. pr. & vb. n. Oscillating (ǒs"sĭl*lā`tĭng).]
1.To move backward and forward; to vibrate like a pendulum; to swing; to sway.
2.To vary or fluctuate between fixed limits; to act or move in a fickle or fluctuating manner; to change repeatedly, back and forth.
The amount of superior families oscillates rather than changes, that is, it fluctuates within fixed limits.
- De Quincey.

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alternate, back and fill, be here again, bob, bobble, careen, circle, coggle, come again, come and go, come around, come round, come round again, come up again, cycle, dangle, dither, ebb and flow, equivocate, flounder, flutter, go through phases, hem and haw, intermit, librate, lurch, nutate, pendulate, pitch, pulsate, pulse, reappear, recur, reel, reoccur, repeat, resonate, return, revolve, ring the changes, rock, roll, roll around, rotate, seesaw, shake, shift, shilly-shally, shuffle, stagger, swag, sway, swing, teeter, teeter-totter, tergiversate, toss, totter, turn, vacillate, vibrate, wag, waggle, wave, wax and wane, wheel, wheel around, wobble
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