Definitions for: Oscillation


[n] a single complete execution of a periodically repeated phenomenon; "a year constitutes a cycle of the seasons"
[n] (physics) a regular periodic variation in value about a mean
[n] the process of oscillating between states



Webster (1913) Definition: Os`cil*la"tion, n. [L. oscillatio a swinging.]
1. The act of oscillating; a swinging or moving backward and
forward, like a pendulum; vibration.

2. Fluctuation; variation; change back and forth.

His mind oscillated, undoubtedly; but the extreme
points of the oscillation were not very remote.
--Macaulay.

Axis of oscillation, Center of oscillation. See under
Axis, and Center.

Synonyms: cycle, vibration

See Also: action, activity, beat, cardiac cycle, Carnot cycle, Carnot's ideal cycle, libration, menstrual cycle, natural action, natural process, pass, periodic event, recurrent event, resonance, ripple, sympathetic vibration, transient, undulation, wave

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