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  • adj. Moving in a repeated back-and-forth motion.
  • v. Present participle of oscillate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. That oscillates; vibrating; swinging.

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

  • adj. having periodic vibrations


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  • An arrow drove past me and entered the ground, its feathered shaft vibrating and oscillating from the impact of its arrested flight.

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  • Admittedly, it makes for a curious sight, a 30-something woman jogging around, her expression oscillating floridly between classic mild runner's resignation and apparent sudden astonishment at dustbins and squirrels and other wholly unastonishing things. Blog

  • That's very important, because we're in these things called oscillating markets, where what's hot now wasn't so hot last quarter.

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  • Nico stood looking at Bob, his facial expression oscillating with his thoughts, but giving her no fixed indication of what he was feeling or thinking.

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  • To this, he added another important notion: the idea of oscillating between polar extremes over time in order to create a higher-order synthesis.

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  • The great distinguishing feature of the telegraphs used in Great Britain is, that they are of the class known as oscillating telegraphs, -- that is, telègraphs in which the letters are denoted by the number of motions to the right or left of a needle or indicator.

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  • "No," said Righty, "it's called oscillating, and the machine is known as the oscycle" --

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  • One of the problems with the prorogation decision, Mr. Graves says, is the "oscillating" reasons given by the Prime Minister for the shutdown, which have ranged from wanting to recalibrate the agenda to stock-market stability.

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  • You know that scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, where King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table want to trick the French knights by sending them a giant wooden rabbit riffing on the whole Trojan Horse thing, only they forget to get inside before it's taken into the French castle, and there's that long extended scene of them wheeling the rabbit through the forest, and it's crushing all these branches and other things in its path, and the wheels are making this kind of oscillating squeaky noise?

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  • Gwen, still oscillating wildly between Earth mother and gun-toting tough woman and loving it, now also turns her hand to big-sistering the likeable but simpering Esther.

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