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oscillation

Roget category 314

2. Words relating to space
2.4. Motion
›› 2.4.4. Motion with reference to direction

#314. [Reciprocating motion, motion to and fro.] Oscillation

noun

oscillationvibration, librationmotion of a pendulumnutationundulationpulsationpulse.
alternationcoming and going etc. v. — ebb and flow, flux and reflux, ups and down.
fluctuationvacillation etc. (irresolution) 605.
wave, vibratiuncle, swing, beat, shake, wag, seesaw, dance, lurch, dodgelogan, loggan, rocking-stone, vibroscope.

verb

oscillatevibrate, libratealternate, undulate, waverock, swingpulsate, beatwag, wagglenod, bob, courtesy, curtsytickplaywamble, wabbledangle, swag.
fluctuate, dance, curvet, reel, quakequiver, quavershake, flickerwriggleroll, toss, pitchflounder, stagger, tottermove up and down, bob up and down etc. adv. — pass and repass, ebb and flow, come and govacillate etc. 605teeter [U.S.].
brandish, shake, flourish.

adjective

oscillating etc. v. — oscillatory, undulatory, pulsatory, libratory, rectilinearvibratory, vibratilependulous.

adverb

to and fro, up and down, backwards and forwards, hither and yon, seesaw, zigzag, wibble-wabble, in and out, from side to side, like buckets in a well.



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