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sound wave

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noun Physics.
  1. a longitudinal wave in an elastic medium, especially a wave producing an audible sensation.
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Origin of sound wave

First recorded in 1865–70
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Examples from the Web for sound wave

Historical Examples of sound wave

  • His word of command is but a sound-wave in air, except as it is followed by labor.

    Jesus the Christ

    James Edward Talmage

  • In other words, the terms, "vibration" and "sound-wave," are synonymous.

    Piano Tuning

    J. Cree Fischer

  • The sunlight is for one sense and the sound-wave is for the other.

  • The sound-wave travels on the atmosphere, and preserves its integrity.

  • The sound-wave immediately produced a movement of the diaphragm, causing the stylus to make a mark on the record diagram.


British Dictionary definitions for sound wave

sound wave

noun
  1. a wave that propagates sound
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