- a wave produced by the acceleration of an electric charge and propagated by the periodic variation of intensities of, usually, perpendicular electric and magnetic fields.
Origin of electromagnetic wave
First recorded in 1905–10
Also called electric wave.
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- a wave of energy propagated in an electromagnetic fieldSee also electromagnetic radiation
- A wave of energy consisting of electric and magnetic fields, oscillating at right angles to each other. See more at electromagnetic radiation.
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