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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of oscillating.
  • n. The state of being oscillated.
  • n. A single oscillatory cycle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the act of oscillating or the state of being oscillated
  • n. a regular periodic fluctuation in value about some mean
  • n. a single such cycle
  • n. (of a function) defined for each point in the domain of the function by , and describes the difference (possibly ∞) between the limit superior and limit inferior of the function near that point.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of oscillating; a swinging or moving backward and forward, like a pendulum; vibration.
  • n. Fluctuation; variation; change back and forth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of oscillating; a kind of vibration in which a body of sensible size swings backward and forward, not by virtue of its own elasticity merely; a swinging like that of a pendulum.
  • n. Variation or fluctuation, in general; wavering.
  • n. Same as vibration in the technical acoustical sense.
  • n. In music, same as beat, 7 , or beating, 5.
  • n. Synonyms Swaying, etc. See vibration.
  • n. In mathematics, the difference, for values of x in the interval (x-h, x + h;), between the lowest value that a real function fx of a real variable x cannot exceed and the highest value below which fx cannot fall.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the process of oscillating between states
  • n. a single complete execution of a periodically repeated phenomenon
  • n. (physics) a regular periodic variation in value about a mean

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