wave number


noun

the number of waves in one centimeter of light in a given wavelength; the reciprocal of the wavelength.

Nearby words

  1. wave farm,
  2. wave front,
  3. wave function,
  4. wave mechanics,
  5. wave moth,
  6. wave of the future,
  7. wave power,
  8. wave speed,
  9. wave tank,
  10. wave theory

Origin of wave number

First recorded in 1900–05

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British Dictionary definitions for wave number

wave number

noun

physics the reciprocal of the wavelength of a waveSymbol: ν, σ
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Science definitions for wave number

wave number

The number of wave cycles per unit distance for a wave of a given wavelength.
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