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The needle on the meter was oscillating.
  move or swing from side to side regularly


waver between conflicting positions or courses of action
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  • The needle on the meter was oscillating.
  • He oscillates between playing both sports or just focusing on football.
  • String theorists believe that all of the different "fundamental" particles of the Standard Model are really just sub-microscopic strings oscillating in different ways.
  • A small fan sat oscillating in the corner.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember

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  • She brought pillows and blankets in case we got stranded somewhere, an oscillating fan in case she got hot, plus...
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • I oskillate (mispronounces oscillate) between hope and despair for this world as well, Sam.
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • I have heard that Sanaubar’s suggestive stride and oscillating hips sent men to reveries of infidelity.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • It was a medium-size oscillating plastic table fan, like you might buy in Woolworth’s.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • The thump was the fan oscillating from side to side where the frame made contact with the concrete on each revolution.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • In under a minute, he has built an oscillator to match the schematic.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See

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  • All morning, I oscillate between worrying about Hana and thinking of Alex.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • Perhaps because my coming assignation with the divine Lapidus had caused me to oscillate between rapture and apprehension, I tried to quell both emotions by drinking several cans of beer—thus violating my self-imposed rule about alcohol during daylight or working hours.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He continued to circle and pinch and oscillate.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • A slight oscillation showed Dantes that all went well.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • And farther still, beyond those forests and fields, the bright, oscillating, limitless distance lured one to itself.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The oscillatory motion was imparted to this by one tentacle of the handling-machine.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Doctors came running up from every direction with needles, lights, tubes, rubber mallets and oscillating metal tines.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • A shaft of light oscillated back and forth, scanning her eyeball like a copy machine.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • What is a fray? an oscillation?
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • In fact, we must not dissemble that the oscillation of the tall trees and the reflection of the moon in the dark underwood gave him serious uneasiness.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • As I turned away to continue walking up the trail, my emotions oscillated between nervous anticipation and a nearly overwhelming sense of dread.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • My impression is, that I was in a state of confusion about it, and, oscillating between the two points, touched neither.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • The needle within her wavered for a moment, burning its oscillating way between two courses: should she say that he would not, and see them kill him?-should she say that he would, and see them hold onto their power till they destroyed the world?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • At last the passenger carriages rolled in, oscillating before coming to a standstill.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Encompassed in a luminous cloud, of which he was now merely the fiery heart, without material substance, he swung through unthinkable arcs of oscillation, like a vast pendulum.
    Ambrose Bierce  --  An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
  • Your poise will be more powerful than any oscillating tendency of mine.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • It seemed to her that the ground of the oscillating square went up the walls and that the floor dipped on end like a tossing boat.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Always alone, his soul oscillated, first on the side of death, then on the side of life, doggedly.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • In almost all climes the tortoise and the frog are among the precursors and heralds of this season, and birds fly with song and glancing plumage, and plants spring and bloom, and winds blow, to correct this slight oscillation of the poles and preserve the equilibrium of nature.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • The oscillating fan chased the flies around the living room.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • I did so with a lightened heart; but when we last looked back, Mr. Guppy was still oscillating in the same troubled state of mind.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • For years I had condemned her as a woman without heart, who loved merely power over men and the momentary satisfaction to vanity or flesh which they could give her, who lived in a strange loveless oscillation between calculation and instinct.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • His life oscillates, as everyone’s does, not merely between two poles, such as the body and the spirit, the saint and the sinner, but between thousand and thousands.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • He saw Villiers’ eyes widen; the gun shook, its oscillating shadow cast against the wall.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Maia and Jan had never had a single home, but had oscillated between their parents’ families like two small shuttlecocks.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • The doll’s neck oscillated a little, its wooden lower jaw dropped and wavered and a shrill high-pitched woman’s voice spoke: ’What is it, John?
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • Firstly, oscillation between events of imperial and of local interest, the anticipated diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria (born 1820, acceded 1837) and the posticipated opening of the new municipal fish market: secondly, apprehension of opposition from extreme circles on the questions of the respective visits of Their Royal Highnesses the duke and duchess of York (real) and of His Majesty King Brian Boru (imaginary): thirdly, a conflict between professional etiquette and professionalů
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • But if you two will stop oscillating, I’ll call him, make sure that nobody has retrieved that recording.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • They spent that summer oscillating between childhood, which still held them in its clasp, and their awakening as man and woman.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • The piece of wood, after having disappeared for a moment, came to the surface, and floated about with the oscillation produced by wind and tide.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • My intentions toward Star had oscillated from dishonorable to honorable and back again, but had always been practical from the moment I laid eyes on her.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • Medical research has determined the periods of oscillation, angles of swing, and radiuses, and speeds of rotation most likely to produce motion sickness.
    Annenberg Learner  --  Amusement Park Physics
  • The first thing they knew, I marched in where they were all playing Old Maid and pulled the electric oscillating fan out by the plug, and everything got real hot.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • When Duane reached the crossing of the roads the name Fairfield on the sign-post seemed to be the thing that tipped the oscillating balance of decision in favor of that direction.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • It sometimes happens at such times that the human mind would willingly change its position; but as nothing urges or guides it forwards, it oscillates to and fro without progressive motion.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Harris shivered in a sleeveless cotton shirt, his eyeballs oscillating, his fingers tugging at his collar, then adjusting a pith helmet which Matron didn’t realize he had with him.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Even lifeless figures, as vessels and stools—let them be drawn ever so correctly—lose all effect so soon as they lack the resting upon their centre of gravity, and have a certain swimming and oscillating appearance.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • But when her eyes focus on it, she sees nothing except the oscillating door, same as before.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Similarly, the preterite of /to blow/ may be either /blowed/ or /blew/, and that of /to drink/ oscillates between /drank/ and /drunk/, and that of /to fall/ is still usually /fell/, though /fallen/ has appeared, and that of /to shake/ may be either /shaken/ or /shuck/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • The fact that there was a warren two or three days’ journey to the south flickered and oscillated down among them as a penny wavers down through deep water, moving one way and the other, shifting, vanishing, reappearing, but always sinking toward the firm bottom.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
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