Meaning of oscillate

os•cil•late

Pronunciation: (os'u-lāt"), [key]
— v., -lat•ed, -lat•ing.
—v.i.
  1. to swing or move to and fro, as a pendulum does.
  2. to vary or vacillate between differing beliefs, opinions, conditions, etc.: He oscillates regularly between elation and despair.
  3. to have, produce, or generate oscillations.
  4. (of a function, sequence, etc.) to tend to no limit, including infinity: The sequence 0, 1, 0, 1, … oscillates.
—v.t.
  1. to cause to move to and fro; vibrate.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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