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UNDULATION

 Dictionary entry overview: What does undulation mean? 

UNDULATION (noun)
  The noun UNDULATION has 3 senses:

1. an undulating curve
2. wavelike motion; a gentle rising and falling in the manner of waves
3. (physics) a movement up and down or back and forth

  Familiarity information: UNDULATION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


UNDULATION (noun)


Sense 1undulation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An undulating curve

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Synonyms:

undulation; wave

Hypernyms ("undulation" is a kind of...):

curve; curved shape (the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes)

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

sine curve; sinusoid (the curve of y=sin x)


Sense 2undulation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Wavelike motion; a gentle rising and falling in the manner of waves

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("undulation" is a kind of...):

motion; movement (a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something)


Sense 3undulation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(physics) a movement up and down or back and forth

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

undulation; wave

Hypernyms ("undulation" is a kind of...):

motion; movement (a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something)

Domain category:

natural philosophy; physical science; physics (the science of matter and energy and their interactions)

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

gravitation wave; gravity wave ((physics) a wave that is hypothesized to propagate gravity and to travel at the speed of light)

flap; flapping; flutter; fluttering (the motion made by flapping up and down)

impulse; pulsation; pulse; pulsing ((electronics) a sharp transient wave in the normal electrical state (or a series of such transients))

blast wave; shock wave (a region of high pressure travelling through a gas at a high velocity)

wave form; wave shape; waveform (the shape of a wave illustrated graphically by plotting the values of the period quantity against time)

acoustic wave; sound wave ((acoustics) a wave that transmits sound)

traveling wave (a wave in which the medium moves in the direction of propagation of the wave)

standing wave; stationary wave (a wave (as a sound wave in a chamber or an electromagnetic wave in a transmission line) in which the ratio of its instantaneous amplitude at one point to that at any other point does not vary with time)

seiche (a wave on the surface of a lake or landlocked bay; caused by atmospheric or seismic disturbances)

fluctuation (a wave motion)

oscillation; vibration ((physics) a regular periodic variation in value about a mean)

sine wave (a wave whose waveform resembles a sine curve)


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