What does oscillate mean?

Definitions for oscillateˈɒs əˌleɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word oscillate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hover, vibrate, vacillate, oscillate(verb)

    be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action

    "He oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement"

  2. oscillate, vibrate(verb)

    move or swing from side to side regularly

    "the needle on the meter was oscillating"


  1. oscillate(Verb)

    To swing back and forth, especially if with a regular rhythm.

    A pendulum oscillates slower as it gets longer.

  2. oscillate(Verb)

    To vacillate between conflicting opinions, etc.

    The mood for change oscillated from day to day.

  3. oscillate(Verb)

    To vary above and below a mean value.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Oscillate

    os′sil-lāt, v.i. to move backwards and forwards like a pendulum: to vary between certain limits.—n. Os′cillancy, a swinging condition.—adj. Os′cillāting.—n. Oscillā′tion, act of oscillating: a swinging like a pendulum: variation within limits.—adjs. Os′cillātive, having a tendency to vibrate; Os′cillātory, swinging: moving as a pendulum does. [L. oscillāre, -ātum, to swing—oscillum, a swing.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of oscillate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of oscillate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Solomon Tessesse:

    Of course Ethiopia is growing fast, but [ a ] sustainable economy should be supported by technology. It should be supported by science... [ otherwise ] the economy will fluctuate ; it will oscillate and then the development can not be sustained.

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