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Definition move or swing from side to side regularly


waver between conflicting positions or courses of action
  • The needle on the meter was oscillating.
oscillating = swinging from side to side
  • 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.
  • 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
  • oscillating = swing from side to side regularly
  • A small fan sat oscillating in the corner.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • oscillating = regularly sweeping from side to side
  • I oskillate (mispronounces oscillate) between hope and despair for this world as well, Sam.
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • oscillate = waver between conflicting emotions or opinions
  • I have heard that Sanaubar's suggestive stride and oscillating hips sent men to reveries of infidelity.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • oscillating = swinging
  • Her art oscillates between relatively permanent bronze sculpture and ephemeral sidewalk art.
  • It oscillates like a guitar string.
  • Management of the patient requires high frequency oscillatory ventilation.
  • Always alone, his soul oscillated, first on the side of death, then on the side of life, doggedly.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Your poise will be more powerful than any oscillating tendency of mine.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • 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?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • 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
  • He saw Villiers' eyes widen; the gun shook, its oscillating shadow cast against the wall.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • 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
(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)

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