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sound wave

noun

Simple Definition of sound wave

  • : a wave that is formed when a sound is made and that moves through the air and carries the sound to your ear

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sound wave

  1. 1 :  3sound 1a

  2. 2 plural :  longitudinal pressure waves in any material medium regardless of whether they constitute audible sound <earthquake waves and ultrasonic waves are sometimes called sound waves>

1848

First Known Use of sound wave

1848


SOUND WAVE Defined for Kids

sound wave

noun

Definition of sound wave for Students

  1. :  a wave that is produced when a sound is made and is responsible for carrying the sound to the ear




Medical Dictionary

sound wave

noun

Medical Definition of sound wave

  1. 1:  sound 1

  2. 2sound waves plural :  longitudinal pressure waves especially when transmitting audible sound




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