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Meaning of "oscillate" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD OSCILLATE

From Latin oscillāre to swing, from oscillum a swing.
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PRONUNCIATION OF OSCILLATE

oscillate  [ˈɒsɪˌleɪt] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF OSCILLATE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Oscillate is a verb.
The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb oscillate in English.

WHAT DOES OSCILLATE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Oscillation

Oscillation is the repetitive variation, typically in time, of some measure about a central value or between two or more different states. Familiar examples include a swinging pendulum and alternating current power. The term vibration is sometimes used more narrowly to mean a mechanical oscillation but is sometimes used as a synonym of "oscillation". Oscillations occur not only in mechanical systems but also in dynamic systems in virtually every area of science: for example the beating human heart, business cycles in economics, predator-prey population cycles in ecology, geothermal geysers in geology, vibrating strings in musical instruments, periodic firing of nerve cells in the brain, and the periodic swelling of Cepheid variable stars in astronomy.

Definition of oscillate in the English dictionary

The first definition of oscillate in the dictionary is to move or swing from side to side regularly. Other definition of oscillate is to waver between opinions, courses of action, etc. Oscillate is also to undergo or produce or cause to undergo or produce oscillation.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO OSCILLATE

PRESENT

Present
I oscillate
you oscillate
he/she/it oscillates
we oscillate
you oscillate
they oscillate
Present continuous
I am oscillating
you are oscillating
he/she/it is oscillating
we are oscillating
you are oscillating
they are oscillating
Present perfect
I have oscillated
you have oscillated
he/she/it has oscillated
we have oscillated
you have oscillated
they have oscillated
Present perfect continuous
I have been oscillating
you have been oscillating
he/she/it has been oscillating
we have been oscillating
you have been oscillating
they have been oscillating
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I oscillated
you oscillated
he/she/it oscillated
we oscillated
you oscillated
they oscillated
Past continuous
I was oscillating
you were oscillating
he/she/it was oscillating
we were oscillating
you were oscillating
they were oscillating
Past perfect
I had oscillated
you had oscillated
he/she/it had oscillated
we had oscillated
you had oscillated
they had oscillated
Past perfect continuous
I had been oscillating
you had been oscillating
he/she/it had been oscillating
we had been oscillating
you had been oscillating
they had been oscillating
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will oscillate
you will oscillate
he/she/it will oscillate
we will oscillate
you will oscillate
they will oscillate
Future continuous
I will be oscillating
you will be oscillating
he/she/it will be oscillating
we will be oscillating
you will be oscillating
they will be oscillating
Future perfect
I will have oscillated
you will have oscillated
he/she/it will have oscillated
we will have oscillated
you will have oscillated
they will have oscillated
Future perfect continuous
I will have been oscillating
you will have been oscillating
he/she/it will have been oscillating
we will have been oscillating
you will have been oscillating
they will have been oscillating
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would oscillate
you would oscillate
he/she/it would oscillate
we would oscillate
you would oscillate
they would oscillate
Conditional continuous
I would be oscillating
you would be oscillating
he/she/it would be oscillating
we would be oscillating
you would be oscillating
they would be oscillating
Conditional perfect
I would have oscillate
you would have oscillate
he/she/it would have oscillate
we would have oscillate
you would have oscillate
they would have oscillate
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been oscillating
you would have been oscillating
he/she/it would have been oscillating
we would have been oscillating
you would have been oscillating
they would have been oscillating
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you oscillate
we let´s oscillate
you oscillate
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to oscillate
Past participle
oscillated
Present Participle
oscillating
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH OSCILLATE


acrylate
ˈækrɪˌleɪt
assimilate
əˈsɪmɪˌleɪt
benzenecarboxylate
ˌbɛnziːnkɑːˈbɒksɪˌleɪt
biocellate
baɪˈɒsɪˌleɪt
cancellate
ˈkænsɪˌleɪt
carboxylate
kɑːˈbɒksɪˌleɪt
correlate
ˈkɒrɪˌleɪt
decarboxylate
ˌdiːkɑːˈbɒksɪˌleɪt
glycosylate
ɡlaɪˈkɒsɪˌleɪt
hydroxylate
haɪˈdrɒksɪˌleɪt
methacrylate
mɛθˈækrɪˌleɪt
ocellate
ˈɒsɪˌleɪt
pedicellate
pɪˈdɪsɪˌleɪt
pixelate
ˈpɪksɪˌleɪt
pixilate
ˈpɪksɪˌleɪt
refocillate
riːˈfɒsɪˌleɪt
salicylate
səˈlɪsɪˌleɪt
tesselate
ˈtɛsɪˌleɪt
tessellate
ˈtɛsɪˌleɪt
vacillate
ˈvæsɪˌleɪt

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE OSCILLATE

oscheal
oscillating
oscillating universe theory
oscillation
oscillational
oscillative
oscillator
oscillatory
oscillogram
oscillograph
oscillographic
oscillography
oscilloscope
oscilloscopic
oscine
oscinine
oscitance
oscitancies
oscitancy
oscitant

WORDS THAT END LIKE OSCILLATE

appellate
barbellate
chocolate
collate
cucullate
dinoflagellate
distillate
fellate
flagellate
gallate
interpellate
lenticellate
patellate
pistillate
postillate
scintillate
scutellate
sigillate
stellate
titillate
vallate

Synonyms and antonyms of oscillate in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «OSCILLATE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «oscillate» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of oscillate

Translation of «oscillate» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF OSCILLATE

Find out the translation of oscillate to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of oscillate from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «oscillate» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

摆动
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

oscilar
570 millions of speakers

English

oscillate
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

हिलाना
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

التأرجح
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

колебаться
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

oscilar
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

দুলা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

osciller
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Berayun
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

schwingen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

上下する
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

>왔다 갔다 하다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Oscillate
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

lương lự
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

அலைதல்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

हेलकावे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

salınmak
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

oscillare
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

oscylują
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

коливатися
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

oscila
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ταλαντώνονται
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

ossilleer
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

oscillera
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

oscillerer
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of oscillate

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «OSCILLATE»

The term «oscillate» is quite widely used and occupies the 34.595 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «OSCILLATE» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «oscillate» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «oscillate» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about oscillate

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «OSCILLATE»

Discover the use of oscillate in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to oscillate and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Oscillate Wildly: Space, Body, and Spirit of Millennial ...
A reply to the call to rethink the material constraints on materialism itself, this book uses oscillation to refer simultaneously to movement within and between bodies of theory, within theories of the body, and within and between ...
Peter Hitchcock, 1999
2
How to Use a Pendulum
The pendulum will gyrate if held over either of the metal pieces of the T, but if held midway between them, it will oscillate on that median line. Now have someone hide more silver coins somewhere in the room. Then walk about holding the ...
Stella Askew, 1996
3
Compact Blue-Green Lasers
Typical diode lasers oscillate with the electric field vector parallel to the plane of the p-n junction; that is, the diode laser prefers to oscillate in a TE mode of its internal waveguide. In contrast, typical periodically-poled waveguides are designed ...
William Paul Risk, T. R. Gosnell, A. V. Nurmikko, 2003
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Saigon's Edge: On the Margins of Ho Chi Minh City
In the same way that households oscillate between inside and outside to produce effects of power, Hóc Môn residents oscillate between “the in- side” and “the outside” of the city to turn a seeming space of marginality into an edgy space of ...
Erik Harms, 2011
5
A Synthetic Gene-metabolic Oscillator in Escherichia Coli: ...
Through my evaluations, I have found that cells that do not oscillate display abnormal cellular morphology while cells that oscillate have normal rod-like shape. In addition, the presences of inclusion bodies are found in cells that do not ...
Eileen Fung, 2007
6
Principles of Lasers
In this case. in fact. different modes (with a large enough frequency separationl interact with different sets of atoms. so the hole-buming pattem of one set of atoms is ineffective for the other mode. In conclusion. a laser always tends to oscillate ...
Orazio Svelto, David C. Hanna, 1998
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A Tear at the Edge of Creation: A Radical New Vision for ...
As we mentioned in Part III, light is a wave characterized by oscillating electric and magnetic fields. It is a transverse wave, in that the two fields oscillate along the plane perpendicular to the direction the wave propagates. For example, imagine ...
Marcelo Gleiser, 2010
8
The Scientific Papers of Sir Geoffrey Ingram Taylor: Volume ...
This is probably because a progressive wave of large amplitude could only be produced by a wave maker which would not only oscillate through a largeiamplitude, but its shape would have to be controlled to conform with the variable motions ...
Sir Geoffrey Ingram Taylor, 1971
9
Eminent Creativity, Everyday Creativity, and Health
It gets pushed back again, so it will oscillate. It's going to oscillate back and forth, be going at too high and too low energy. Once I realized that, then the rest was easy. If the timing is wrong, it's not going to fall completely out of step, but it will ...
Mark A. Runco, Ruth Richards, 1997
10
Emotions and Organizational Dynamism
The system cannot stabilize at one fixed point; it has to oscillate continuously between two stable points. The rabbit population in this example will oscillate between 4,800 and 8,300 in a continuous cycle (Fig. 2b). Here, the analogy is with the ...
Wilfred J. Zerbe, Charmine E. J. Hartel, Neal M. Ashkanasy, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «OSCILLATE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term oscillate is used in the context of the following news items.
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Time to invest in gold is when people forget it is an investable asset
However, in the short term gold will oscillate from over sold to overbought and back & forth, but the major trend is down. It will take a huge ... «Economic Times, Jul 15»
2
NRL ladder a true reflection of where we're at: it's a battle between …
Every now and then, the clubs may oscillate and meet on a common plane. But it all shifts pretty quickly. Injuries and depth of talent also play a ... «Sydney Morning Herald, Jul 15»
3
It's a Drought! Not Climate Change
This ENSO cycle drives this natural variability of the weather and climate system that a region may oscillate within, given certain thresholds of ... «Fiji Sun Online, Jul 15»
4
REVOLUTIONARY BLADELESS WIND TURBINES SHAKE TO …
Typically, a structure can only be optimized to oscillate at the specific frequencies caused by a certain wind speed, but Vortex says it is using magnets to adjust ... «The Indian Panorama, Jul 15»
5
To Form Swarms, Midges Fly in Spring-Like Zigzags
... to groups of males, they wiggled in mid-air when flying by the speaker, as if they were trying to oscillate near – and identify – a female midge. «Inside Science News Service, Jul 15»
6
Film, Times & Events: Week of July 24
On opposite sides of the motherhood spectrum, the roles of mentor and mentee oscillate as an unlikely friendship between Samantha (Cobie ... «Good Times, Jul 15»
7
Domino expands Scintillating Diamonds collection for IJL
The range features a central diamond, or diamonds, suspended on invisible wires which allow the stones to oscillate as the wearer moves to ... «Retail Jeweller, Jul 15»
8
Stop Trying To Be Creative
Falling on the ground and flailing your legs doesn't look much like walking, but it's a good way to learn to oscillate, and oscillation is the most ... «FiveThirtyEight, Jul 15»
9
Movie Review: Masaan
Stunningly shot by Avinash Arun, Ghaywan's film is austere but effective, managing to oscillate between its two story threads without losing its ... «Reuters Blogs, Jul 15»
10
Johnson wins British Open; Spieth finishes short of playoff
... greens at 10 on the Stimpmeter when the forecast called for high winds; greens running at 9 likely would not have caused the ball to oscillate. «Dispatch Times, Jul 15»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Oscillate [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/oscillate>. Apr 2020 ».
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