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Oscillation of a clock pendulum takes it from point a to point b and back to a. The dashed red line is the position of the pendulum at rest.
a. The action of oscillating.
b. The state of being oscillated.
2. A single oscillatory cycle.
1. (General Physics) physics statistics
a. regular fluctuation in value, position, or state about a mean value, such as the variation in an alternating current or the regular swinging of a pendulum
b. a single cycle of such a fluctuation
2. the act or process of oscillating
os•cil•la•tion(ˌɒs əˈleɪ ʃən)
1. an act or instance of oscillating.
a. a single swing in one direction of an oscillating body.
b. a single fluctuation between the maximum and minimum values of an oscillatory cycle.
[1650–60; < Latin]
os′cil•la•to`ry (-ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i) adj.
The time it takes the pendulum to swing from a to b and back to a is known as its period. The dashed red line from the central point represents the position of the pendulum at rest.
1. A steady, uninterrupted, backward and forward swinging about a central point. Compare vibration.
2. A single cycle of motion about a central position.
A repetitive vibration with a regular frequency.
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|Noun||1.||oscillation - the process of oscillating between states|
libration - (astronomy) a real or apparent slow oscillation of a moon or satellite; "the libration of the moon"
|2.||oscillation - (physics) a regular periodic variation in value about a mean|
natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
ripple - (electronics) an oscillation of small amplitude imposed on top of a steady value
transient - (physics) a short-lived oscillation in a system caused by a sudden change of voltage or current or load
beat - a single pulsation of an oscillation produced by adding two waves of different frequencies; has a frequency equal to the difference between the two oscillations
resonance - a vibration of large amplitude produced by a relatively small vibration near the same frequency of vibration as the natural frequency of the resonating system
sympathetic vibration - (physics) vibration produced by resonance
|3.||oscillation - a single complete execution of a periodically repeated phenomenon; "a year constitutes a cycle of the seasons"|
cardiac cycle - the complete cycle of events in the heart from the beginning of one heart beat to the beginning of the next; an electrical impulse conducted through the heart muscle that constricts the atria which is followed by constriction of the ventricles; "the cardiac cycle can be shown on an electrocardiogram"
Carnot cycle, Carnot's ideal cycle - a cycle (of expansion and compression) of an idealized reversible heat engine that does work without loss of heat
pass - one complete cycle of operations (as by a computer); "it was not possible to complete the computation in a single pass"
menstrual cycle - a recurring cycle (beginning at menarche and ending at menopause) in which the endometrial lining of the uterus prepares for pregnancy; if pregnancy does not occur the lining is shed at menstruation; "the average menstrual cycle is 28 days"
1. swing, variation, instability, imbalance, wavering, volatility, variability, unpredictability, fluctuation, seesawing, disequilibrium, capriciousness, mutability, inconstancy, changeableness a slight oscillation in world temperature
oscillation[ˌɒsɪˈleɪʃ/ən] n → oscillazione f
n. oscilación, movimiento de vaivén, tal como el de un péndulo.