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wave front

noun, Physics.
a surface, real or imaginary, that is the locus of all adjacent points at which the phase of oscillation is the same.
Origin of wave front
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The particles were thrown out on the wave front of the explosion, and they split further, spontaneously.

    The Leech Phillips Barbee
  • The student will note that for the sake of greater precision we here say wave front instead of wave.

    A Text-Book of Astronomy George C. Comstock
  • A mirror, M, intended to reflect the light straight back must be set normal to the ray, not tangential to the wave front.

    The Ether of Space Oliver Lodge
  • The two men climbed slowly up the slope that had been the wave front of molten rock.

    Brood of the Dark Moon Charles Willard Diffin
wave front in Science
wave front  
The set of points in space reached by a wave or vibration at the same instant as the wave travels through a medium. Wave fronts generally form a continuous line or surface. The lines formed by crests of ripples on a pond, for example, correspond to curved wave fronts.
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