[syn: oscillate, vibrate]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Oscillate \Os"cil*late\ ([o^]s"s[i^]l*l[=a]t), v. i. [imp. & p.
p. Oscillated ([o^]s"s[i^]l*l[=a]`t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n.
Oscillating ([o^]s"s[i^]l*l[=a]`t[i^]ng).] [L. oscillare to
swing, fr. oscillum a swing, a little mask or puppet made to
be hung from trees and swing in the wind, prob. orig., a
little mouth, a dim. from os mouth. See Oral, and cf.
1. To move backward and forward; to vibrate like a pendulum;
to swing; to sway.
2. To vary or fluctuate between fixed limits; to act or move
in a fickle or fluctuating manner; to change repeatedly,
back and forth.
The amount of superior families oscillates rather
than changes, that is, it fluctuates within fixed
limits. --De Quincey.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: be undecided about something; waver between conflicting
positions or courses of action; "He oscillates between
accepting the new position and retirement" [syn: hover,
vibrate, vacillate, oscillate]
2: move or swing from side to side regularly; "the needle on the
meter was oscillating" [syn: oscillate, vibrate]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
73 Moby Thesaurus words for "oscillate":
alternate, back and fill, be here again, bob, bobble, careen,
change, circle, coggle, come again, come and go, come around,
come round, come round again, come up again, cycle, dangle, dither,
ebb and flow, equivocate, flounder, fluctuate, flutter,
go through phases, hem and haw, intermit, librate, lurch, nutate,
pendulate, pitch, pulsate, pulse, reappear, recur, reel, reoccur,
repeat, resonate, return, revolve, ring the changes, rock, roll,
roll around, rotate, seesaw, shake, shift, shilly-shally, shuffle,
stagger, swag, sway, swing, teeter, teeter-totter, tergiversate,
toss, totter, turn, undulate, vacillate, vary, vibrate, wag,
waggle, wave, waver, wax and wane, wheel, wheel around, wobble