- to move with a sinuous or wavelike motion; display a smooth rising-and-falling or side-to-side alternation of movement: The flag undulates in the breeze.
- to have a wavy form or surface; bend with successive curves in alternate directions.
- (of a sound) to rise and fall in pitch: the wail of a siren undulating in the distance.
- to cause to move in waves.
- to give a wavy form to.
- Also un·du·lat·ed. having a wavelike or rippled form, surface, edge, etc.; wavy.
Origin of undulate
Related Words for undulatewobble, billow, swell, flow, surge, swing, ripple, wave, heave, roll, oscillate
Examples from the Web for undulate
Historical Examples of undulate
Don't they look brave As they undulate—(undulate, mind you,From unda, a wave).The Book of Humorous Verse
In the meadows I see her undulate—the black miner, the mole, continues her labours.The Bird
Mrs. Hearty collapsed into a chair and began to undulate with mirth.Adventures of Bindle
Herbert George Jenkins
The two lower lobes are very small; the lobes are undulate or entire.Forest Trees of Illinois
Fuller George D.
I vow if her neck had been bare one could have seen it undulate beneath the skin.Simon the Jester
William J. Locke
- to move or cause to move in waves or as if in waves
- to have or provide with a wavy form or appearance
- having a wavy or rippled appearance, margin, or forman undulate leaf
Word Origin for undulate
1660s, from undulation. Related: undulated, undulating.