Dictionary » W » Wave

Wave

wave

1. An advancing ridge or swell on the surface of a liquid, as of the sea, resulting from the oscillatory motion of the particles composing it when disturbed by any force their position of rest; an undulation. The wave behind impels the wave before. (pope)

2. (Science: physics) A vibration propagated from particle to particle through a body or elastic medium, as in the transmission of sound; an assemblage of vibrating molecules in all phases of a vibration, with no phase repeated; a wave of vibration; an undulation. See Undulation.

3. Water; a body of water. Deep drank lord Marmion of the wave. Build a ship to save thee from the flood, I 'll furnish thee with fresh wave, bread, and wine. (Chapman)

4. Unevenness; inequality of surface.

5. A waving or undulating motion; a signal made with the hand, a flag, etc.

6. The undulating line or streak of luster on cloth watered, or calendered, or on damask steel.

7. A swelling or excitement of thought, feeling, or energy; a tide; as, waves of enthusiasm.

(Science: physics) Wave front See undulatory theory, under Undulatory.

Origin: From Wave,; not the same word as OE. Wawe, waghe, a wave, which is akin to E. Wag to move. See Wave.


Please contribute to this project, if you have more information about this term feel free to edit this page



Results from our forum


Re: Is complexity inevitable?

... for mutations to be truly random i.e. indeterminate? I imagine that it could since electromagnetic radiation, which can induce mutations at high wavelengths, is a wave :?:. But I don't know if we're certain of indeterminacy, or if indeterminacy is merely what is suggested by the apparent randomness ...

See entire post
by wildfunguy
Fri Oct 18, 2013 1:55 am
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Is complexity inevitable?
Replies: 16
Views: 10693

Re: The general theory of origin of life

... (electric and magnetic), the structure of the atomic nucleus, the nature and mechanism of formation of atomic orbitals, the formation of the wave-properties of light and matter, the phenomena of diffraction and interference (including the two-slit experiment), and etc. Quantum mechanics will ...

See entire post
by leniel
Mon May 06, 2013 7:55 pm
 
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The general theory of origin of life
Replies: 13
Views: 14187

Springhill Group - Asian frogs becoming extinct, biologists

... disease, pollution and other factors – is hard to quantify, but scientists fear the result will be disastrous. Amphibians have been suffering a wave of devastation all around the world, in part because of the spread of the fungal diseaseBatrachochytrium dendrobatidis, known as BD or chytrid ...

See entire post
by justinbibe88
Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:47 am
 
Forum: Ecology
Topic: Springhill Group - Asian frogs becoming extinct, biologists
Replies: 0
Views: 2406

Re: Sound and how the brain reacts to it

... in the music business and whilst listening to certain music, or a chord can send shivers down my spine, they do not generally give me this little waves of pleasure that run across my neck and head in the same way. I work in an office and at the moment the sounds that set me off on a little wave ...

See entire post
by Steviep1969
Mon Nov 12, 2012 12:07 pm
 
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: Sound and how the brain reacts to it
Replies: 89
Views: 145975

Brain Waves in Fetus (measurable brain waves)

When does brain wave activity begin in the fetus? I have read that "measurable" brain wave activity begins at 25 weeks, but I found a 1984 article on nih.gov that says it's 8 weeks, which is when the brain and spine are ...

See entire post
by wildfunguy
Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:03 pm
 
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: Brain Waves in Fetus (measurable brain waves)
Replies: 1
Views: 2131
View all matching forum results

This page was last modified 21:16, 3 October 2005. This page has been accessed 9,542 times. 
What links here | Related changes | Permanent link