oscillation
noun Date: 1658 1. the action or state of oscillating 2. variation, fluctuation 3. a flow of electricity changing periodically from a maximum to a minimum; especially a flow periodically changing direction 4. a single swing (as of an oscillating body) from one extreme limit to the other • oscillational adjective

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