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[weyv-lit] /ˈweɪv lɪt/
a small wave; ripple.
Origin of wavelet
First recorded in 1800-10; wave + -let Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Act at first as though every wavelet would surely swamp you.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • They are in circumstances in which the ripple passes into the wavelet, and the wavelet into the billow.

  • A wavelet splashed up against the clay on which they were standing.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand
  • Again a wavelet, and another, and another flowed over the stone, and wetted both the prince's knees; but he did not speak or move.

  • For every wavelet of land upon the surface of the Boer States, a hundred great billows stand up in Natal.

  • Second base was in the wavelet which lapped the beach, with third base opposite first.

    The Boy Patrol on Guard Edward S. Ellis
  • He felt himself caught in a mighty eddy, bearing he knew not whither; he, one wavelet amid the sea's myriads.

    God Wills It! William Stearns Davis
  • Every wavelet on the waters hushed itself asleep, and the whole surface of the lake was as a sea of polished glass.

  • Now and then a wavelet stole far into the beach, as if to caress him, but pined away ere it could reach its goal.

    The House of the Vampire

    George Sylvester Viereck
  • The result was that the eye saw nothing of the water or the wavelet, but caught only the brilliant glow.

    Nature Near London Richard Jefferies
British Dictionary definitions for wavelet


a small wave
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for wavelet

1813, diminutive of wave (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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wavelet in Science
A small wave; a ripple. See more at wave.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
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