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  1. a small wave; ripple.
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Origin of wavelet

First recorded in 1800–10; wave + -let
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Historical Examples of wavelet

  • Act at first as though every wavelet would surely swamp you.

    The Forest

    Stewart Edward White

  • They are in circumstances in which the ripple passes into the wavelet, and the wavelet into the billow.

  • A wavelet splashed up against the clay on which they were standing.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand

  • Again a wavelet, and another, and another flowed over the stone, and wetted both the prince's knees; but he did not speak or move.

  • For every wavelet of land upon the surface of the Boer States, a hundred great billows stand up in Natal.

British Dictionary definitions for wavelet


  1. a small wave
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Word Origin and History for wavelet


1813, diminutive of wave (n.).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

wavelet in Science


  1. A small wave; a ripple. See more at wave.
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