oscillator meaning

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  • Noun: oscillator  'ósu`leytu(r)
    1. Generator that produces sonic oscillations or alternating current

    Derived forms: oscillators

    Type of: generator

    Encyclopedia: Oscillator

  • [Electronics]
    A device that produces an alternating or pulsating current or voltage electronically. The term is sometimes used to describe any alternating-current-producing device other than an electromechanical generator.

  • [Finance]
    A technical analysis tool that is banded between two extreme values and built with the results from a trend indicator for discovering short-term overbought or oversold conditions. As the value of the oscillator approaches the upper extreme value the asset is deemed to be overbought, and as it approaches the lower extreme it is deemed to be oversold.

  • [Medicine]
    n : a device or mechanism for producing or controlling oscillations ‹oscillator is used here to refer to the unknown biological mechanism which gives rise to and controls circadian rhythms —Laura McMurry & J. W. Hastings›; esp : one (as a radiofrequency or audio-frequency generator) for producing an alternating current


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  1. no atom behaves precisely like a classical harmonic oscillator.
  2. we can work out positions of a harmonic oscillator by numerical methods.
  3. envision the conductor as an assemblage of driven, damped oscillators.
  4. the harmonic oscillator is an exceptionally important example of periodic motion.
  5. thus far we have negated frictional effects in the harmonic oscillator.

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