oscillate


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oscillate between (two people or things)

To waver or go back and forth between two different, often contrary people or things that once is trying to choose. I keep oscillating between the job in New York and the one in Los Angeles. You've oscillated between Steve and Tommy long enough—they deserve an answer one way or another.

oscillate between (someone or something and someone or something else)

to swing between (choosing) someone and someone else; to swing between (choosing) something and something else. Fred oscillated between going to college and getting a job. The boss oscillated between John and Roger.
See also: between, oscillate
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What's more, according to quantum mechanics, neutrinos could oscillate only if they had mass--another contradiction to the standard model.
The atom's electrons oscillate in a way that creates a dual presence, as if two atoms existed in distinct locations at the same time.
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Lazer and McKenna say their new theory provides key insights into why suspension bridges oscillate the way they do.
The recent discovery that small, nearly spherical drops can oscillate has now led scientists to add a further restriction on the sizes of raindrops that help create a rainbow.
During the operation, the spindle operates at 2,000 rpm or less and the tool oscillates in and out of the workpiece thereby assuring the quality of the thread form and surface finish.
The wheeled frame rolls the arm into the rocking oven, which rises, oscillates and lowers to eject the molding arm.
It tilts easily, oscillates, has three speeds and is also very quiet.
The rotor of the ODR oscillates about its axis through a small arc (typically 1[degree] as shown in figure 7).