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a surface, real or imaginary, that is the locus of all adjacent points at which the phase of oscillation is the same.
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Origin of wave front
First recorded in 1865–70
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British Dictionary definitions for wave front
/ (ˈweɪvˌfrʌnt) /
physics a surface associated with a propagating wave and passing through all points in the wave that have the same phase. It is usually perpendicular to the direction of propagation
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Scientific definitions for wave front
The set of points in space reached by a wave or vibration at the same instant as the wave travels through a medium. Wave fronts generally form a continuous line or surface. The lines formed by crests of ripples on a pond, for example, correspond to curved wave fronts.
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