wavelength or wave length [ weyv-lengkth, -length, -lenth ] SHOW IPA / ˈweɪvˌlɛŋkθ, -ˌlɛŋθ, -ˌlɛnθ / PHONETIC RESPELLING EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN | IDIOMS noun . Physics the distance, measured in the direction of propagation of a wave, between two successive points in the wave that are characterized by the same phase of oscillation. RELATED WORDS intuition
perceptivity Idioms on the same wavelength, in sympathy or rapport: We seemed to be on the same wavelength from the moment we met. Origin of wavelength
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Examples from the Web for wavelength
I was on too different a
wavelength with French society on this point for someone with political responsibilities.
The voice repeated, several times, the
wavelength, and somebody got an auxiliary screen tuned in.
Like a TV broadcasting station, he could choose his
wavelength and stick to it.
The average length of jumps during saltation corresponds to the
wavelength, or distance between adjacent crests, of the ripples.
He picked up the phone and punched the
wavelength of the military airport.
It is practically a beam radio set, projecting a beam of a
wavelength that alone would tend to produce invisibility. British Dictionary definitions for wavelength noun the distance, measured in the direction of propagation, between two points of the same phase in consecutive cycles of a wave Symbol: λ the wavelength of the carrier wave used by a particular broadcasting station on someone's wavelength or on the same wavelength informal having similar views, feelings, or thoughts (as someone else)
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Word Origin and History for wavelength n.
1850, "distance between peaks of a wave," from
wave (n.) + length. Originally of spectra; radio sense is attested by 1925. Figurative sense of "mental harmony" is recorded from 1927, on analogy of radio waves.
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Medicine definitions for wavelength wavelength [ wāv ′lĕngkth′, -lĕngth′ ] n. The distance between one peak or crest of a wave of light, heat, or other energy and the next corresponding peak or crest.
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Science definitions for wavelength The distance between one peak or crest of a wave and the next peak or crest. It is equal to the speed of the wave divided by its frequency, and to the speed of a wave times its period.
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Culture definitions for wavelength
The distance between crests (or troughs) of a
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