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[uhn-juh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, uhn-dyuh-, -duh-]
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  1. Also un·du·lar. moving in undulations.
  2. having the form or appearance of waves.
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Also un·du·la·tive [uhn-juh-ley-tiv, uhn-dyuh-, -duh-] /ˈʌn dʒəˌleɪ tɪv, ˈʌn dyə-, -də-/.

Origin of undulatory

First recorded in 1720–30; undulate + -ory1
Related formsnon·un·du·la·to·ry, adjective
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Examples from the Web for undulatory

Historical Examples

  • The undulatory theory of light also assumes the existence of a medium.

    Aether and Gravitation

    William George Hooper

  • At Fontana, however, the undulatory shock was replaced by a vertical one.

  • This undulatory movement, as it is called, pushes the fish's body ahead.

  • In the air they are readily distinguished by their undulatory flight.

  • It certainly coincides with the "undulatory wave" theory of Science.

    Dynamic Thought

    William Walker Atkinson

British Dictionary definitions for undulatory


  1. caused by or characterized by waves or undulations
  2. having a wavelike motion or form
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