[verb uhn-juh-leyt, uhn-dyuh-, -duh-; adjective uhn-juh-lit, -leyt, uhn-dyuh-, -duh-]
- to move with a sinuous or wavelike motion; display a smooth rising-and-falling or side-to-side alternation of movement: The flag undulates in the breeze.
- to have a wavy form or surface; bend with successive curves in alternate directions.
- (of a sound) to rise and fall in pitch: the wail of a siren undulating in the distance.
- to cause to move in waves.
- to give a wavy form to.
- Also un·du·lat·ed. having a wavelike or rippled form, surface, edge, etc.; wavy.
Origin of undulate
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Examples from the Web for undulating
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Suddenly, the earth convulses, transforming the level tracks into an undulating rollercoaster.Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘The Wind Rises’: An Anime Icon Bows Out
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On the other side were undulating pasture-lands on which grazed a few sheep.The Yates Pride
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Suddenly the whole face of it was adorned with a verdant, undulating robe.Imogen
The sun was shining violently upon the undulating surface of the land.Tales of Unrest
Lobate -us: divided by deep, undulating and successive incisions.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
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Like them, it is level or undulating, dry, and bare—in the main a land of pasture.Impressions of South Africa
- to move or cause to move in waves or as if in waves
- to have or provide with a wavy form or appearance
- having a wavy or rippled appearance, margin, or forman undulate leaf
C17: from Latin undulātus, from unda a wave
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Word Origin and History for undulating
1660s, from undulation. Related: undulated, undulating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper