wavelength or wave length [ weyv-lengkth, -length, -lenth] noun . Physics the distance, measured in the direction of propagation of a wave, between two successive points in the wave that are characterized by the same phase of oscillation. Idioms 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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simpatico British Dictionary definitions for on the same wavelength noun the distance, measured in the direction of propagation, between two points of the same phase in consecutive cycles of a wave Symbol: 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 on the same wavelength n.
1850, "distance between peaks of a wave," from
wave (n.) + length. Originally of spectra; radio sense is attested by 1925. Figurative sense of "mental harmony" is recorded from 1927, on analogy of radio waves.
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on the same wavelength in Medicine wavelength [wāv ′lĕngkth′, -lĕngth′] n. 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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on the same wavelength in Science 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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on the same wavelength in Culture
The distance between crests (or troughs) of a
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Idioms and Phrases with on the same wavelength
In complete accord, in rapport, as in
Conductor, orchestra members, soloists, and chorus all were on the same wavelength, making for a wonderful performance. This term alludes to radio waves that carry a broadcast. [First half of 1900s]
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