Fourier transform


Definition of Fourier transform

: any of various functions (such as F(u)) that under suitable conditions can be obtained from given functions (such as f(x)) by multiplying by eiux and integrating over all values of x and that in scientific instrumentation describe the dependence of the average of a series of measurements (as of a spectrum) on a quantity of interest (such as brightness) especially of a very small magnitude

called also Fourier transformation

First Known Use of Fourier transform

1923, in the meaning defined above

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“Fourier transform.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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