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acoustic wave

  • noun (acoustics) a wave that transmits sound
    acoustic wave.
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air wave

  • noun a sound wave that is transmitted via air
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alpha wave

  • noun the normal brainwave in the electroencephalogram of a person who is awake but relaxed; occurs with a frequency of 8-12 hertz
    alpha rhythm.
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beta wave

  • noun the normal brainwave in the encephalogram of a person who is awake and alert; occurs with a frequency between 12 and 30 hertz
    beta rhythm.
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blast wave

  • noun a region of high pressure travelling through a gas at a high velocity
    blast wave.
    • the explosion created a shock wave
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brain wave

  • noun (neurophysiology) rapid fluctuations of voltage between parts of the cerebral cortex that are detectable with an electroencephalograph
    cortical potential; brainwave.
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carrier wave

  • noun a radio wave that can be modulated in order to transmit a signal
    carrier.
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cold wave

  • noun a wave of unusually cold weather
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crestless wave

  • noun the undulating movement of the surface of the open sea
    swell.
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crime wave

  • noun a sudden rise in the crime rate
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delta wave

  • noun the normal brainwave in the encephalogram of a person in deep dreamless sleep; occurs with high voltage and low frequency (1 to 4 hertz)
    delta rhythm.
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electromagnetic wave

  • noun radiation consisting of waves of energy associated with electric and magnetic fields resulting from the acceleration of an electric charge
    nonparticulate radiation; electromagnetic radiation.
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finger wave

  • noun a wave made with the fingers
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flag waving

  • noun an appeal intended to arouse patriotic emotions
    jingoism.
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flag-waving

  • adjective satellite fanatically patriotic
    jingoistic; chauvinistic; nationalistic; superpatriotic; ultranationalistic.
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full-wave rectifier

  • noun rectifier that converts the negative half wave of an alternating current into a positive half wave
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gravitation wave

  • noun (physics) a wave that is hypothesized to propagate gravity and to travel at the speed of light
    gravitation wave.
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gravity wave

  • noun (physics) a wave that is hypothesized to propagate gravity and to travel at the speed of light
    gravitation wave.
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ground wave

  • noun a radio wave propagated on or near the earth's surface
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heat wave

  • noun a wave of unusually hot weather
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hertzian wave

  • noun an electromagnetic wave generated by oscillations in an electric circuit
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ionospheric wave

  • noun a sky wave that is reflected by the ionosphere
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long wave

  • noun a radio wave with a wavelength longer than a kilometer (a frequency below 300 kilohertz)
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medium wave

  • noun a radio wave with a wavelength between 100 and 1000 meters (a frequency between 300 kilohertz and 3000 kilohertz)
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new wave

  • noun an art movement in French cinema in the 1960s
    Nouvelle Vague.
  • noun any creative group active in the innovation and application of new concepts and techniques in a given field (especially in the arts)
    vanguard; avant-garde; van.
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permanent wave

  • noun a series of waves in the hair made by applying heat and chemicals
    permanent; perm.
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Pulse wave

  • (Physiol.), the wave of increased pressure started by the ventricular systole, radiating from the semilunar valves over the arterial system, and gradually disappearing in the smaller branches.
    the pulse wave travels over the arterial system at the rate of about 29.5 feet in a second. H. N. Martin.
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radio wave

  • noun an electromagnetic wave with a wavelength between 0.5 cm to 30,000 m
    radio radiation; radio emission.
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rolling wave

  • noun a long heavy sea wave as it advances towards the shore
    roll; roller.
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schrodinger wave equation

  • noun the fundamental equation of wave mechanics
    Schrodinger equation.
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shock wave

  • noun a region of high pressure travelling through a gas at a high velocity
    blast wave.
    • the explosion created a shock wave
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short wave

  • noun a radio wave with a wavelength less than 100 meters (a frequency greater than 3 megahertz)
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sine wave

  • noun a wave whose waveform resembles a sine curve
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sky wave

  • noun a radio wave that is reflected back to earth by the ionosphere or a communications satellite; permits transmission around the curve of the earth's surface
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solitary wave

  • noun (physics) a quantum of energy or quasiparticle that can be propagated as a traveling wave in nonlinear systems and is neither preceded nor followed by another such disturbance; does not obey the superposition principle and does not dissipate
    soliton; solitary wave.
    • soliton waves can travel long distances with little loss of energy or structure
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soliton wave

  • noun (physics) a quantum of energy or quasiparticle that can be propagated as a traveling wave in nonlinear systems and is neither preceded nor followed by another such disturbance; does not obey the superposition principle and does not dissipate
    soliton; solitary wave.
    • soliton waves can travel long distances with little loss of energy or structure
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sound wave

  • noun (acoustics) a wave that transmits sound
    acoustic wave.
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standing wave

  • noun a wave (as a sound wave in a chamber or an electromagnetic wave in a transmission line) in which the ratio of its instantaneous amplitude at one point to that at any other point does not vary with time
    standing wave.
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stationary wave

  • noun a wave (as a sound wave in a chamber or an electromagnetic wave in a transmission line) in which the ratio of its instantaneous amplitude at one point to that at any other point does not vary with time
    standing wave.
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theta wave

  • noun the normal brainwave in the encephalogram of a person who is awake but relaxed and drowsy; occurs with low frequency and low amplitude
    theta rhythm.
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Tidal wave

  • noun an overwhelming manifestation of some emotion or phenomenon
    • a tidal wave of nausea
    • the flood of letters hit him with the force of a tidal wave
    • a tidal wave of crime
  • noun an unusual (and often destructive) rise of water along the seashore caused by a storm or a combination of wind and high tide
  • noun a wave resulting from the periodic flow of the tides that is caused by the gravitational attraction of the moon and sun
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  • . (a) See Tide wave, under Tide. Cf. 4th Bore. (b) A vast, swift wave caused by an earthquake or some extraordinary combination of natural causes. It rises far above high-water mark and is often very destructive upon low-lying coasts.
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Tide wave, ∨ Tidal wave

  • the swell of water as the tide moves. That of the ocean is called primitive; that of bays or channels derivative. Whewell.
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traveling wave

  • noun a wave in which the medium moves in the direction of propagation of the wave
    traveling wave.
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travelling wave

  • noun a wave in which the medium moves in the direction of propagation of the wave
    traveling wave.
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wave angle

  • noun the angle of arrival (or departure) of a radio wave with respect to the axis of an antenna array
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wave equation

  • noun a differential equation that describes the passage of harmonic waves through a medium
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wave form

  • noun the shape of a wave illustrated graphically by plotting the values of the period quantity against time
    waveform; wave form.
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Wave front

  • noun all the points just reached by a wave as it propagates
  • noun (physics) an imaginary surface joining all points in space that are reached at the same instant by a wave propagating through a medium
    wavefront.
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  • (Physics), the surface of initial displacement of the particles in a medium, as a wave of vibration advances.
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wave guide

  • noun a hollow metal conductor that provides a path to guide microwaves; used in radar
    waveguide.
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Wave length

  • (Physics), the space, reckoned in the direction of propagation, occupied by a complete wave or undulation, as of light, sound, etc.; the distance from a point or phase in a wave to the nearest point at which the same phase occurs.
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Wave line

  • (Shipbuilding), a line of a vessel's hull, shaped in accordance with the wave-line system.
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Wave loaf

  • a loaf for a wave offering. Lev. viii. 27.
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wave mechanics

  • noun the modern form of quantum theory; an extension of quantum mechanics based on Schrodinger's equation; atomic events are explained as interactions between particle waves
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Wave moth

  • (Zoöl.), any one of numerous species of small geometrid moths belonging to Acidalia and allied genera; so called from the wavelike color markings on the wings.
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wave number

  • noun the reciprocal of the wavelength of a wave
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Wave of vibration

  • (Physics), a wave which consists in, or is occasioned by, the production and transmission of a vibratory state from particle to particle through a body.
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wave off

  • verb dismiss as insignificant
    • He waved off suggestions of impropriety
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Wave offering

  • an offering made in the Jewish services by waving the object, as a loaf of bread, toward the four cardinal points. Num. xviii. 11.
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wave shape

  • noun the shape of a wave illustrated graphically by plotting the values of the period quantity against time
    waveform; wave form.
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Wave surface

  • . (a) (Physics) A surface of simultaneous and equal displacement of the particles composing a wave of vibration. (b) (Geom.) A mathematical surface of the fourth order which, upon certain hypotheses, is the locus of a wave surface of light in the interior of crystals. It is used in explaining the phenomena of double refraction. See under Refraction.
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Wave theory

  • noun (physics) the theory that light is transmitted as waves
    wave theory; undulatory theory.
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  • . (Physics) See Undulatory theory, under Undulatory.
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wave theory of light

  • noun (physics) the theory that light is transmitted as waves
    wave theory; undulatory theory.
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wave train

  • noun a succession of waves spaced at regular intervals
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Wave-line system, Wave-line theory

  • (Shipbuilding), a system or theory of designing the lines of a vessel, which takes into consideration the length and shape of a wave which travels at a certain speed.
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wave-off

  • noun an approach that fails and gives way to another attempt
    go-around; overshoot.
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wave-particle duality

  • noun (physics) the property of matter and electromagnetic radiation that is characterized by the fact that some properties can be explained best by wave theory and others by particle theory
    duality.
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