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ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does electromagnetic wave mean? 

ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVE (noun)
  The noun ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVE has 1 sense:

1. radiation consisting of waves of energy associated with electric and magnetic fields resulting from the acceleration of an electric charge

  Familiarity information: ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVE used as a noun is very rare.


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ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVE (noun)


Sense 1electromagnetic wave [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Radiation consisting of waves of energy associated with electric and magnetic fields resulting from the acceleration of an electric charge

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Synonyms:

electromagnetic radiation; electromagnetic wave; nonparticulate radiation

Hypernyms ("electromagnetic wave" is a kind of...):

radiation (energy that is radiated or transmitted in the form of rays or waves or particles)

Meronyms (parts of "electromagnetic wave"):

photon (a quantum of electromagnetic radiation; an elementary particle that is its own antiparticle)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "electromagnetic wave"):

actinic radiation; actinic ray (electromagnetic radiation that can produce photochemical reactions)

beam; electron beam; ray (a group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation)

black-body radiation; blackbody radiation (the electromagnetic radiation that would be radiated from an ideal black body; the distribution of energy in the radiated spectrum of a black body depends only on temperature and is determined by Planck's radiation law)

Hertzian wave (an electromagnetic wave generated by oscillations in an electric circuit)

gamma radiation; gamma ray (electromagnetic radiation emitted during radioactive decay and having an extremely short wavelength)

line (a single frequency (or very narrow band) of radiation in a spectrum)

microwave (a short electromagnetic wave (longer than infrared but shorter than radio waves); used for radar and microwave ovens and for transmitting telephone, facsimile, video and data)

radio emission; radio radiation; radio wave (an electromagnetic wave with a wavelength between 0.5 cm to 30,000 m)

roentgen ray; X ray; X-radiation; X-ray (electromagnetic radiation of short wavelength produced when high-speed electrons strike a solid target)


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