Oscillatory Os"cil*la*to*ry, a. [Cf. F. oscillatoire. See {Oscillate}.] Moving, or characterized by motion, backward and forward like a pendulum; swinging; oscillating; vibratory; as, oscillatory motion. [1913 Webster]

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  • Oscillatory — means having periodic vibrations and may refer to:*Exhibiting the behavior of oscillation *Oscillatory Universe *Oscillatory integral …   Wikipedia

  • oscillatory — oscillate ► VERB 1) move or swing back and forth at a regular rate. 2) waver between extremes of opinion or emotion. DERIVATIVES oscillation noun oscillator noun oscillatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin oscillare to swing …   English terms dictionary

  • oscillatory — adjective see oscillate …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • oscillatory — /os euh leuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. characterized by or involving oscillation. [1730 40; < NL oscillatorius, equiv. to L oscilla(re) to swing (see OSCILLATE) + torius TORY1] * * * …   Universalium

  • oscillatory — adjective a) that oscillates; oscillating b) capable of sustaining oscillations …   Wiktionary

  • oscillatory — Synonyms and related words: alternate, beating, circling, cyclic, epochal, even, every other, fluctuant, fluctuating, fluctuational, harmonic, intermittent, isochronal, libratory, measured, metronomic, nutational, oscillating, pendular,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • oscillatory — os·cil·la·to·ry || É‘sɪleɪtÉ™rɪ / É’s adj. characterized by oscillation; fluctuating; variable; indecisive, wavering between opinions …   English contemporary dictionary

  • oscillatory — a. Vibratory, swinging, oscillating, vibrating, oscillative …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • oscillatory — os·cil·la·to·ry …   English syllables

  • oscillatory — /ˈɒsəleɪtəri/ (say osuhlaytuhree), / lətri/ (say luhtree) adjective characterised by or involving oscillation. {New Latin oscillātōrius} …   Australian English dictionary

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