What is the word for a situation of perpetual motion?

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In summary, the word is oscillation and it describes a situation where something keeps happening over and over again.
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In need of a human Dictionary!

OK - I somehow have forgotten my favorite word. I have used it for years, but for the past week it has completely slipped my mind. To all you intellectuals - please help me remember what the word is.

OK - The word is used in describing a situation of perpetual motion. Because A happens, B occurs, and because B occurs A occurs. It is either a negative or positive exponential result. Thats the best description I can think of ... please tell me the word I am looking for.
 
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I don't think it's causality.
 
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feedback loop? vicious circle? closed timelike curve? (last one only if you're thinking of time travel as opposed to just recurring events)
 
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Positive feedback?

You must have been a bad karma to forget your favorite word, huh? :biggrin:
 
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Fire truck.
 
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cyrusabdollahi said:
Fire truck.
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
 
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Self-sustaining?
 
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Everlasting? as in Gobstoppers!

Never ending? as in the Story. :biggrin:

Auto-effectual? <- a new word made up for this thread. :biggrin:

Autoregenerative?

Something with the root 'cyclical' within?

Or along the lines of Evo's contribution - self-initiating, self-reinitiating, or autocyclic reinitating.

And I can't believe any of these could a favorite word.

Personally, I like - Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! :biggrin:
 
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Concatenate?

Circular? Circuital?

Causative?

I'm stuck on C.
 
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Karma said:
OK - I somehow have forgotten my favorite word. I have used it for years, but for the past week it has completely slipped my mind. To all you intellectuals - please help me remember what the word is.

OK - The word is used in describing a situation of perpetual motion. Because A happens, B occurs, and because B occurs A occurs. It is either a negative or positive exponential result. Thats the best description I can think of ... please tell me the word I am looking for.
That's not much of a "favorite" word. I have a not-really-favorite word with which I persuaded my niece that she really needed to take French. The word relates to destruction and to shoes. If you figure it out WITH NO HELP I may be motivated to help you.
 
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Favorite word? Who has a favorite word?? Oh, mine's "antepenultimate."
 
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Mine is callipygian.

Is it indefinite? Why do you have to have such a difficult favourite word?

Should we start a game of hangman?
 
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dontdisturbmycircles said:
Mine is callipygian.
Jennifer Lopez comes to mind... :rofl:
 
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Correlation? Symbiosis? Mutual induction?
 
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Reciprocal interaction?
Interaction between reciprocals?
Interprocal reactions?
 
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Karma said:
OK - I somehow have forgotten my favorite word. I have used it for years, but for the past week it has completely slipped my mind. To all you intellectuals - please help me remember what the word is.

OK - The word is used in describing a situation of perpetual motion. Because A happens, B occurs, and because B occurs A occurs. It is either a negative or positive exponential result. Thats the best description I can think of ... please tell me the word I am looking for.

Undamped harmonic motion?
 
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Karma said:
OK - I somehow have forgotten my favorite word. I have used it for years, but for the past week it has completely slipped my mind. To all you intellectuals - please help me remember what the word is.

OK - The word is used in describing a situation of perpetual motion. Because A happens, B occurs, and because B occurs A occurs. It is either a negative or positive exponential result. Thats the best description I can think of ... please tell me the word I am looking for.
Oscillation
 
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Moonbear said:
Positive feedback?

You must have been a bad karma to forget your favorite word, huh? :biggrin:

No. That has nothing to do with motion.

Positive feedback is when your boss gives you an affectionate squeeze on the shoulder and says "Nice job, Brownie."

Unless you're cynical enough to mention that he did vacate his office soon after the positive feedback, so maybe it does fit.
 
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Resonance.

"The butterfly effect".

Casacade.

"Snowball effect"

Exponentially sensitive.

I like antepenultimate.
 
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Well, at least it looks like he got human thesauruses. :biggrin:
 
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Positive eigenvalue? Nah.:biggrin:
 
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http://www.mrtoys.com/pedalcars/pics/fire-truck-pedal-car-sml.jpg
 
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cyrusabdollahi said:
[PLAIN]http://www.mrtoys.com/pedalcars/pics/fire-truck-pedal-car-sml.jpg[/QUOTE][/URL]

:confused: Been drinking?
 
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http://www.sfphotorama.com/uploaded_images/nope_knockout-702680.jpg
 
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How about hysteresis?
 
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Recursion?
Uroborus?
isentropic?
limit cycle?
 
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http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/DrawingHands.jpg/716px-DrawingHands.jpg
 
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http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/artistsfilm/images/tautology.jpg
 
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