oscillate


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oscillate

To rapidly move back and forth between two locations or physical states.
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However, when a bridge starts to oscillate, those stays begin alternately loosening and tightening.
During the operation, the tool rotates at approximately 600 sfpm and oscillates axially, dependant on the thread parameters and tooling circle data (for example, higher lead threads require large amounts of oscillation).
Water pressure drives a patented servomechanism, which in turn oscillates five stainless steel cutting blades.
One potential source of gauge distortions is the collapsing frame, says Knittel, adding that because the collapser oscillates with the film in an oscillating hauloff, those imperfections are not distributed by such a system.
They measured the polarization, the direction in which the electric field of the radio waves oscillates.
Known as sonoluminescence, this conversion of sound into light occurs during the rapid, violent contraction of a bubble as it oscillates in step with the sound wave (SN: 10/5/96, p.
Known as sonoluminescence, this conversion of sound into light occurs during the rapid and violent contraction of the bubble as it oscillates in step with the sound wave (SN: 4/29/95, p.