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oscillate

verb [I] uk   /ˈɒs.ɪ.leɪt/ us    /ˈɑː.səl.eɪt/
to move repeatedly from one position to another: The needle on the dial oscillated between 'full' and 'empty'.Shaking, swinging and vibrating formal If you oscillate between feelings or opinions, you change repeatedly from one to the other: My emotions oscillate between desperation and hope.Changing your mind specialized physics (of a wave or electric current) to change regularly in strength or directionChanging direction
oscillation
noun [C or U] uk   /ˌɒs.ɪˈleɪ.ʃən/ us    /ˌɑː.səlˈeɪ-/ formal or specialized
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