continuous waves

plural noun

Definition of continuous waves

  1. 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. 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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