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
Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:
- More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up continuous waves? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).