Definition of oscillation in English:

oscillation

noun

mass noun
  • 1Movement back and forth in a regular rhythm.

    ‘the natural oscillation of a spring’
    count noun ‘the oscillations of a pendulum’
    • ‘The eddies set up an oscillation that may be reinforced by the natural frequency of the structure.’
    • ‘Acoustic cavitation involves the creation and oscillation of gas bubbles in a liquid.’
    • ‘The oscillations increased to 90 degrees, the flight films showing the vehicle swinging madly from side to side.’
    • ‘The oscillations induced by our rudder corrections got worse with every application, regardless of how smooth we tried to be.’
    • ‘This continues, and the oscillations build with every roll.’
    • ‘The more highly accurate quartz clocks followed and depended on the oscillation of quartz crystal for control.’
    • ‘The mechanical oscillation is driven by the energy of the chemical reaction shown in Fig.1.’
    • ‘The rest function as insulators, or dampers of mechanical oscillation.’
    • ‘The lack of damping property also caused oscillations of relatively high frequency.’
    • ‘The aircraft began a series of violent oscillations at 60 feet that would frighten even the dumbest pilot.’
    • ‘Because the oscillations of different filament pairs have different phases, oscillatory motion is not normally observable on the scale of a whole muscle fiber in steady conditions.’
    • ‘The hammer area of rocker arms is hardened progressively or by oscillation.’
    • ‘In this case of applied displacement, the initial velocity was not equal to zero at the start of free oscillations.’
    • ‘It has bristles that oscillate at 7000 oscillations per minute.’
    • ‘Four conspicuous jerks forwards, with slower retreats, were seen on one occasion to occur in exactly one minute, besides some minor oscillations.’
    • ‘If the oscillations are not damped out, they could break the fragile lines of other suspended weights and become amplified.’
    • ‘During that time, the bridge had been engaging in a wide variety of different large-amplitude vertical oscillations, without the slightest sign of any torsional motion.’
    • ‘In such case, the valves should be closed just enough to stop oscillation.’
    • ‘The progression of the mechanical oscillation itself is conditioned by the grain compatibility of harmonics.’
    • ‘The oscillations began to dampen out after about three seconds, and once again I was in control of the aircraft.’
    swinging, swing, swaying, swinging from side to side, swinging backwards and forwards, swinging back and forth, swinging to and fro, vibration
    wavering, fluctuation, see-sawing, vacillation, yo-yoing, variation
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    1. 1.1 Variation or fluctuation between two states, limits, opinions, etc.
      ‘the plot's oscillation between bleak and comic elements’
      • ‘Interplay is the appropriate word to describe his unusual oscillation between reality and imagination.’
      • ‘These oscillations are the real moral hazard.’
      • ‘During the revolution, inevitable oscillations will occur in the army, an internal struggle will take place.’
      • ‘That is where his oscillations are most unsettling.’
      • ‘The fact is, the wild oscillations in our business life will continue to get wilder and wilder, probably forever.’
  • 2Physics
    Regular variation in magnitude or position about a central point, especially of an electric current or voltage.

    count noun ‘electromagnetic oscillations’
    • ‘To characterize the frequency domain of these oscillations, power spectral analyses were performed.’
    • ‘Recently, researchers harnessed the spins of electrons to create oscillations which they said suggested a new type of electronic clock.’
    • ‘There are many component failures in the transceiver which might produce the right amount of gain change for oscillations.’
    • ‘In this study the signal roughness is of secondary interest whereas signal oscillations and their frequencies are of primary interest.’
    • ‘If it were so, then the short-period oscillations should be confined to only one frequency.’

Pronunciation

oscillation

/ˌɒsɪˈleɪʃn/