wavelength

or wave length

[ weyv-lengkth, -length, -lenth ]
/ ˈweɪvˌlɛŋkθ, -ˌlɛŋθ, -ˌlɛnθ /

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.

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

First recorded in 1855–60; wave + length
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British Dictionary definitions for wavelength

wavelength

/ (ˈweɪvˌlɛŋθ) /

noun

the distance, measured in the direction of propagation, between two points of the same phase in consecutive cycles of a waveSymbol: 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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Medicine definitions for wavelength

wavelength

[ wāvlĕngkth′, -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

wavelength

[ wāvlĕngkth′ ]

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

wavelength


The distance between crests (or troughs) of a wave.

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