continuous wave


noun Telecommunications.

an electromagnetic wave of constant amplitude and frequency: used to carry information by being modulated, as in radio or television, or by being interrupted as in radiotelegraphy. Abbreviation: CW

Nearby words

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  2. continuous spectrum,
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  5. continuous variation,
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  8. continuous-expansion engine,
  9. continuous-form,
  10. continuously variable transmission

Origin of continuous wave

First recorded in 1910–15

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British Dictionary definitions for continuous waves

continuous waves

pl n

radio waves generated as a continuous train of oscillations having a constant frequency and amplitudeAbbreviation: CW
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