wave front


wave front

noun

Definition of WAVE FRONT

:  a surface composed at any instant of all the points just reached by a vibrational disturbance in its propagation through a medium

First Known Use of WAVE FRONT

circa 1864

wave front

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of WAVE FRONT

: a surface composed at any instant of all the points just reached by a vibrational disturbance in its propagation through a medium

wave front

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Imaginary surface that represents corresponding points of waves vibrating in unison. As identical waves from the same source travel through a homogeneous medium, corresponding crests and troughs are in phase at any instant; that is, they have completed the same fraction of their periodic motion. Any surface drawn through all points of the same phase constitutes a wave front.

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: wave function
Previous Word in the Dictionary: wave form
All Words Near: wave front

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up wave front? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More