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oscillate
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
move or swing from side to side regularly

or:

waver between conflicting positions or courses of action
  • "Screwed at its axis against the side, a swinging lamp slightly oscillates in Jonah's room; and the ship, heeling over towards the wharf with the weight of the last bales received, the lamp, flame and all, though in slight motion, still maintains a permanent obliquity with reference to the room; though, in truth, infallibly straight itself, it but made obvious the false, lying levels among which it hung.
    Chapters 7-9 -- The Chapel; The Pulpit; The Sermon (64% in)

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