Oscillating
Oscillate Os"cil*late ([o^]s"s[i^]l*l[=a]t), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Oscillated} ([o^]s"s[i^]l*l[=a]`t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Oscillating} ([o^]s"s[i^]l*l[=a]`t[i^]ng).] [L. oscillare to swing, fr. oscillum a swing, a little mask or puppet made to be hung from trees and swing in the wind, prob. orig., a little mouth, a dim. from os mouth. See {Oral}, and cf. {Osculate}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To move backward and forward; to vibrate like a pendulum; to swing; to sway. [1913 Webster]

2. To vary or fluctuate between fixed limits; to act or move in a fickle or fluctuating manner; to change repeatedly, back and forth. [1913 Webster]

The amount of superior families oscillates rather than changes, that is, it fluctuates within fixed limits. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • oscillating — É‘sɪleɪtɪŋ / É’s adj. characterized by oscillation, fluctuating, vacillating, wavering os·cil·late || É‘sɪleɪt / É’s v. vary regularly between two positions; vacillate between two opinions; fluctuate between high and low values; swing… …   English contemporary dictionary

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