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interference pattern

noun, Physics.
a series of alternating dark and bright bands produced as a result of light interference.
Compare diffraction.
Origin of interference pattern
First recorded in 1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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interference pattern in Science
interference pattern  
An overall pattern that results when two or more waves interfere with each other, generally showing regions of constructive and of destructive interference. Optical interference patterns are analyzed in devices such as interferometers; the acoustic effect of beats is an example of an interference pattern.
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