Huygens' principle

noun

Huy·​gens' principle
variants or less commonly Huyghens' principle
ˈ⸗gənz(ə̇z)-
: a principle in physics: every point of an advancing wave front is a new center of disturbance from which emanate independent wavelets whose envelope constitutes a new wave front at each successive stage of the process

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“Huygens' principle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Huygens%27%20principle. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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