move back and forth

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Verb1.move back and forth - move in one direction and then into the opposite direction
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
rock, sway, shake - move back and forth or sideways; "the ship was rocking"; "the tall building swayed"; "She rocked back and forth on her feet"
sway, swing - move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner; "He swung back"
flicker, flitter, flutter, quiver, waver - move back and forth very rapidly; "the candle flickered"
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What I like is that the chisel stays in place while the diamond stones move back and forth. There is zero learning curve with this tool.
Oscillate means to move back and forth, and frequency is the number of cycles--movements back and forth--per second.
Throughout its history, the Joffrey Ballet has prided itself on its ability to move back and forth between the masterpieces of 20th century dance (from Petrouchka to The Green Table) and such new works as Robert Joffrey's Astarte (1967) and Twyla Tharp's Deuce Coupe (1973), which picked up on the pop vibes of the moment.
But the ability to move back and forth is the key and it's not the only way.