or wave length
[weyv-lengkth, -length, -lenth]
- on the same wavelength, in sympathy or rapport: We seemed to be on the same wavelength from the moment we met.
Origin of wavelength
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Examples from the Web for wavelength
I was on too different a wavelength with French society on this point for someone with political responsibilities.Dominique Strauss-Kahn Talks Comeback With Parisian Magazine Le Point
October 10, 2012
Von Schlichten; what's the wavelength of the officer in command at the equipment-park?Ullr Uprising
Henry Beam Piper
This occurs where one fork has gained half a wavelength upon the other.Six Lectures on Light
It is practically a beam radio set, projecting a beam of a wavelength that alone would tend to produce invisibility.The Black Star Passes
John W Campbell
The average length of jumps during saltation corresponds to the wavelength, or distance between adjacent crests, of the ripples.Deserts
A. S. Walker
The voice repeated, several times, the wavelength, and somebody got an auxiliary screen tuned in.Uller Uprising
Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
- the distance, measured in the direction of propagation, between two points of the same phase in consecutive cycles of a waveSymbol: λ
- the wavelength of the carrier wave used by a particular broadcasting station
- on someone's wavelength or on the same wavelength informal having similar views, feelings, or thoughts (as someone else)
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Word Origin and History for wavelength
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- The distance between one peak or crest of a wave of light, heat, or other energy and the next corresponding peak or crest.
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- The distance between one peak or crest of a wave and the next peak or crest. It is equal to the speed of the wave divided by its frequency, and to the speed of a wave times its period.
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The distance between crests (or troughs) of a wave.
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