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Oscillate vs. Vacillate

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Oscillateverb

(intransitive) To swing back and forth, especially if with a regular rhythm.

‘A pendulum oscillates slower as it gets longer.’;

Vacillateverb

(intransitive) To sway unsteadily from one side to the other; oscillate.

Oscillateverb

(intransitive) To vacillate between conflicting opinions, etc.

‘The mood for change oscillated from day to day.’;

Vacillateverb

(intransitive) To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.

Oscillateverb

(intransitive) To vary above and below a mean value.

Vacillateverb

To move one way and the other; to reel or stagger; to waver.

‘[A spheroid] is always liable to shift and vacillatefrom one axis to another.’;

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Oscillateverb

To move backward and forward; to vibrate like a pendulum; to swing; to sway.

Vacillateverb

To fluctuate in mind or opinion; to be unsteady or inconstant; to waver.

Oscillateverb

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.’;

Vacillateverb

be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action;

‘He oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement’;

Oscillateverb

be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action;

‘He oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement’;

Vacillateverb

move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern;

‘the line on the monitor vacillated’;

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Oscillateverb

move or swing from side to side regularly;

‘the needle on the meter was oscillating’;

Vacillateverb

waver between different opinions or actions; be indecisive

‘I vacillated between teaching and journalism’;

Oscillateverb

move or swing back and forth in a regular rhythm

‘the grain pan near the front of the combine oscillates back and forth’;

Oscillateverb

vary or fluctuate between two states, limits, opinions, etc.

‘he was oscillating between fear and bravery’;

Oscillateverb

vary in magnitude or position in a regular manner about a central point.

Oscillateverb

(of a circuit or device) cause the electric current or voltage running through it to vary in magnitude or position in a regular manner about a central point.

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