group velocity

noun Physics.

the velocity of finite numbers of waves undergoing simple harmonic motion, equal to the phase velocity when it does not vary with the wavelengths of the waves. The group velocity of the set of waves produced in water when a stone is dropped is less than the velocity of the individual waves.

Nearby words

  1. group practice,
  2. group representation,
  3. group speed,
  4. group theory,
  5. group therapy,
  6. group work,
  7. grouper,
  8. groupie,
  9. grouping,
  10. groupism

Origin of group velocity

First recorded in 1885–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019