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  • adj. that oscillates; oscillating
  • adj. capable of sustaining oscillations

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Moving, or characterized by motion, backward and forward like a pendulum; swinging; oscillating; vibratory.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Moving backward and forward like a pendulum; swinging; oscillating: as, an oscillatory movement.

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

  • adj. having periodic vibrations


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  • The "oscillatory shaking" of dogs and other animals follows a regular back-and-forth pattern, beginning at the head and spreading to the tail.

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  • But not carrying digested a laws of a spirit, they appreciate hold up in a suggestion as oscillatory, abandoned of rule, as good as strenuous to practice.

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  • For Z 137, the wave function of the Dirac ground state is oscillatory, rather than bound, and there is no gap between the positive and negative energy spectra, as in the Klein paradox.

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  • The differential system that rules out voice from the byplay of linguistic signification is therefore an oscillatory mechanism through which voice itself may seem to stage its phantom evanescent renewal.

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  • In this case, the force of the "liberatory" might be shaken loose by the more openly libratory (for oscillatory) effects of subvocal text production.

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