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frequency

noun fre·quen·cy \ˈfrē-kwən(t)-sē\

: the fact or condition of happening often : common occurrence

: the number of times that something happens during a particular period

: the number times that something (such as a sound wave or radio wave) is repeated in a period of time (such as a second)

plural fre·quen·cies

Full Definition of FREQUENCY

1
:  the fact or condition of occurring frequently
2
a :  the number of times that a periodic function repeats the same sequence of values during a unit variation of the independent variable
b :  the number, proportion, or percentage of items in a particular category in a set of data
3
:  the number of repetitions of a periodic process in a unit of time: as
a :  the number of complete alternations per second of an alternating current
b :  the number of complete oscillations per second of energy (as sound or electromagnetic radiation) in the form of waves
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Examples of FREQUENCY

  1. the alarming frequency of serious automobile accidents caused by young drivers
  2. The frequency of student errors was frustrating to the young teacher.
  3. Our visits decreased in frequency.
  4. Errors were occurring with increasing frequency.
  5. a sound wave of high frequency
  6. waves having very different frequencies from one another
  7. a current having a frequency of 60 hertz
  8. a radio frequency of 30 megahertz

First Known Use of FREQUENCY

1600

Other Electrical Engineering Terms

feedback, fuse, incandescent, noise, resonance
FREQUENCY Defined for Kids

frequency

noun fre·quen·cy \ˈfrē-kwən-sē\
plural fre·quen·cies

Definition of FREQUENCY for Kids

1
:  frequent repetition <Rain fell with frequency.>
2
:  rate of repetition <She went with increasing frequency.>
3
:  the number of waves of sound or energy that pass by a point every second <Tune the stereo to receive a specific frequency of radio waves.>
Medical Dictionary

frequency

noun fre·quen·cy \ˈfrē-kwən-sē\
plural fre·quen·cies

Medical Definition of FREQUENCY

1
:  the number of individuals in a single class when objects are classified according to variations in a set of one or more specified attributes
2
:  the number of repetitions of a periodic process in a unit of time
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