the number of waves in one centimeter of light in a given wavelength; the reciprocal of the wavelength.
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- wave farm,
- wave front,
- wave function,
- wave mechanics,
- wave moth,
- wave of the future,
- wave power,
- wave speed,
- wave tank,
- wave theory
Origin of wave number
First recorded in 1900–05
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physics the reciprocal of the wavelength of a waveSymbol: ν, σ
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The number of wave cycles per unit distance for a wave of a given wavelength.
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