from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A motor in which the piston oscillates in the cylinder over a minute range at high speed. In combination with a dynamo it is used to obtain currents of high frequency.
  • noun In wireless telegraphy, that part of the transmitting apparatus which produces the electric waves or oscillations. See wireless telegraphy.
  • noun One who or that which oscillates.
  • noun One of the Oscillatoria.
  • noun In machinery, any oscillating machine or part of a machine, as the oscillating shuttle of a sewing-machine, or the mechanism by which a power-hammer is vibrated or tilted.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Electronics) One that oscillates.
  • noun (Mech.) An instrument for measuring rigidity by the torsional oscillations of a weighted wire.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a tuned electronic circuit used to generate a continuous output waveform
  • noun cellular automata A pattern that returns to its original state, in the same orientation and position, after a finite number of generations.

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

  • noun generator that produces sonic oscillations or alternating current


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