continuous waves

plural noun

Definition of continuous waves

1 : radio waves that continue with unchanging intensity or amplitude without modulation and that are used in telegraphy in which the wave is turned on and off with a key to form the dots and dashes of a code continuous-wave telegraphy abbreviation CW
2 : radio waves of which the intensity continues unchanged except for modulation

called also modulated continuous waves

— see interrupted continuous waves

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“Continuous waves.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/continuous%20waves. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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