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English noun: oscillation

1. oscillation (process) the process of oscillating between states

Broader (hypernym)action, activity, natural action, natural process

Narrower (hyponym)libration

2. oscillation (event) (physics) a regular periodic variation in value about a mean


Broader (hypernym)undulation, wave

Narrower (hyponym)beat, resonance, ripple, sympathetic vibration, transient

Domain categorynatural philosophy, physics

3. oscillation (event) a single complete execution of a periodically repeated phenomenon

SamplesA year constitutes a cycle of the seasons.


Broader (hypernym)periodic event, recurrent event

Narrower (hyponym)cardiac cycle, Carnot cycle, Carnot's ideal cycle, menstrual cycle, pass

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