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move back and forth

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v move back and forth move in one direction and then into the opposite direction
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Usage

In literature:

It moved back and forth, but it was never more than three cars behind him, and usually only one.
"Damned If You Don't" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Back and forth moved the finger, now hovering here and there in hesitation, now lifted to her lips in silent uncertainty.
"Special Messenger" by Robert W. Chambers
The shadows of the trees moved back and forth slowly.
"The Blue Wall" by Richard Washburn Child
Back and forth the object moved, lightly and without sound.
"The Black Phantom" by Leo Edward Miller
But as she moved back and forth at her tasks she watched him, and her eyes glittered.
"Country Neighbors" by Alice Brown
And Ignacio gritted his teeth and simply glared at him, following back and forth his every move, as a cat might.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
It was empty, and the hammer moved back and forth at the touch of my finger.
"Montezuma's Castle and Other Weird Tales" by Charles B. Cory
So the star seems to move a little back and forth.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
We listened; no sound of voices from the living room; then I got the tramp of feet that moved back and forth in there.
"The Million-Dollar Suitcase" by Alice MacGowan
One of them tentatively reached out and hovered over their heads, moving uncertainly back and forth.
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
They pace rapidly back and forth without moving forward.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
And that means that the diaphragm moves back and forth in just the time it takes to move the slider back and forth.
"Letters of a Radio-Engineer to His Son" by John Mills
The boats moved on in company, so that it was possible to converse back and forth if any of them so desired.
"Motor Boat Boys Down the Coast" by Louis Arundel
There was light at Lisa's window, and behind the shades Lisa's shadow moved back and forth.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
In the morning Carse was up early, and moved back and forth in the corridor with strange industry.
"The Homicidal Diary" by Earl Peirce
Several times, as she looked out on the darkness, she saw a white form moving stealthily back and forth.
"Marguerite De Roberval" by T. G. Marquis
He raised them to his eyes and moved them slowly back and forth.
"The World That Couldn't Be" by Clifford Donald Simak
As an explanation of the false move of Erlon back and forth, the existence of this note is immaterial.
"Waterloo" by Hilaire Belloc
I took the cigarette from my mouth and looking at it, then at my hand, moving it back and forth to adjust the focus.
"The Animated Pinup" by Lewis Parker
He moved the muzzle of a detonite pistol back and forth.
"Brood of the Dark Moon" by Charles Willard Diffin
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In poetry:

And the dragon's body
Moved his scaly neck,
At her shoulder snaking
Whiplike forth and back.
"Fairy Tale" by Boris Pasternak
On Dante's track by some funereal spell
Drawn down through desperate ways that lead not back
We seem to move, bound forth past flood and fell
On Dante's track.
"In Guernsey - To Theodore Watts" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Now we're traveling, what holds back
Arrival, in the very track
Where the urge put forth; so we stay
And move a thousand miles a day.
Time's a Fancy ringing bells
Whose meaning, charlatan history, tells!
"Ironic: LL.D." by William Stanley Braithwaite
One by one in two's and three's, the seagulls keep
flying back and forth over the town clock,
or sailing around the lighthouse without moving their wings —
rising steadily with a slight
quiver of the body — or flock
mewing where
"The Steeple-Jack" by Marianne Moore

In news:

Looking at the painting, you can move back and forth between seeing the scene and seeing an abstract pattern of brush strokes and color.
"I turned the penthouse of The Bowery in to my studio … I have a studios in Paris and L.A. so I go back and forth," Domingo Zapata said as he moved intimately among a crowd of familiar faces.
At the same time, in order to build suspense and to keep a fast pace in a documentary, it can be a good idea to move back and forth in time.
When you're moving back and forth between two applications, having their taskbar buttons next to each other is convenient.
Press four fingers against the temporal muscle and move them back and forth, up and down or in a circular motion.
The move followed a long, back-and-forth debate by members of the county's Parks Advisory Committee over the best way to tackle reported problems at Whitely Landing, which is off River Loop 1 and Chapman Drive.
While one set of parts is moving up and down vertically the other is more or less in a horizontal (back and forth) motion.
Some — Scorsese, Varda, Demme — could even make a legitimate claim of being bi, having moved back and forth between the two for their entire careers.
Grand Ukulele moves back and forth between percussive instrumental tracks similar to what you might hear Rodrigo y Gabriela play while on vacation in Hawaii, to lush orchestral tracks as soothing as a tropical sunset.
"They move money back and forth and it is very important to keep their records separate," says Edward Wacks, a business financial advisor based in Plantation, Fla.
The "Dirge for Two Veteran" moves back and forth between military music and shimmering "moon music " for these words.
Right now, pallets move back and forth between Canada and the United States without the special treatment that's required under ISPM 15.
I go back and forth between Spirited Away (2001) and Howl's Moving Castle (2004) as to which is my favorite Hayao Miyazaki film.
Simply stated, any object that moves back and forth is vibrating .
We were watching the lazy current move the willow leaves back and forth.
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In science:

Then look at the frame on the computer screen with two images side by side and moving back and forth till the two images merge in each other.
Stereography using a single lens
In other words, only the ”right” photon can proceed forward, and thus detection of a photon at either detector D1 or D2 guarantees that the desired entangled state is produced, even though the photon may have moved back and forth many times on the way to the detector.
Scalable cavity-QED-based scheme of generating entanglement of atoms and of cavity fields
The demand on low loss is particularly high if entanglement is to be generated between a large number of atoms as the flying qubit needs to travel a long distance, or if the adiabatic condition is not met and the photon may have to move back and forth between the cavities many times.
Scalable cavity-QED-based scheme of generating entanglement of atoms and of cavity fields
If ξ0 (0) = 0 instead, then the walk rapidly moves to the first particle on its left, where it starts to rapidly jump back and forth in a trap.
Law of large numbers for non-elliptic random walks in dynamic random environments
Both are located on a rail and can be moved back and forth along the beam axis.
Laue lenses for hard X-/soft Gamma-rays: new prototype results
Bounded adiabatic motion: Consider a particle that is moving back and forth in a Box of length L, between an infinite barrier and an oscillating piston.
Non-adiabatic pumping in an oscillating-piston model
Then one moves on to the neighboring site and, in this fashion, sweeps back and forth through the chain until the convergence is reached.
Sequential quantum cloning under real-life conditions
In this case, the star motion and mass loss can be approximated as a piston that is ejecting gas parcels and moving back and forth along radial direction to modulate the velocity distribution in the ejected gas.
Envelope density pattern around wide binary AGB stars: a dynamical model
People continually shift back and forth between loosely and tightly coupled collaboration as they move between individual and group work • Support people with the coordination of their actions Members of a group mediate their interactions by taking turns negotiating the sharing of a common workspace.
The Review and Analysis of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Principles
We then stop the translation stage and move it backwards until the spring goes back to its rest position without loosing contact with the slider, which remains at rest (contact loss could make the slider surf over the granular layer as we push it forth at large velocity, meaning above 40 µm.s−1).
Friction and dilatancy in immersed granular matter
As the mirror oscillates, e.g. due to thermal fluctuations or because of driving, it moves back and forth along the slope.
Optomechanics (a brief review)
First, the connection between Stages and Classes becomes even more tenuous, as the luminosity flares can move an ob ject in one Stage back and forth across Class boundaries.
Low-mass Star Formation: Observations
The target protons can be located both upstream and downstream, since the accelerated particles move back and forth.
On the Hadronic Gamma-ray Emission from Tycho's Supernova Remnant
The action of the regularized Hamiltonian is only nontrivial at triple intersections ηi and consists of picking a pair of strands at the intersection and moving one of them back and forth along the other.
Canonical quantum gravity with new variables and loops: a report
A particle moves back and forth with speed v on a straight line OA of length p, while a second particle moves back and forth with speed w on a straight line OB of length q.
Oscar's Physics Phaire: A Collection of Problems
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