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continuous wave

noun, Telecommunications.
an electromagnetic wave of constant amplitude and frequency: used to carry information by being modulated, as in radio or television, or by being interrupted as in radiotelegraphy.
Abbreviation: CW.
Origin of continuous wave
First recorded in 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But continuous waves of energy from the Punjab reinforced them.

    Victorian Worthies

    George Henry Blore
  • For this reason the radiated waves approach somewhat the condition of continuous waves, and so sharper tuning is possible.

    The Radio Amateur's Hand Book A. Frederick Collins
British Dictionary definitions for continuous waves

continuous waves

plural noun
radio waves generated as a continuous train of oscillations having a constant frequency and amplitude CW
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