cor·​ru·​ga·​tion | \ ˌkȯr-ə-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce corrugation (audio) , ˌkär- \

Definition of corrugation

1 : the act of corrugating
2 : a ridge or groove of a surface that has been corrugated

Examples of corrugation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the car is suspended firmly enough to produce vertical bobbing on corrugation, although bump-impact harshness is extraordinarily well contained by the expensive suspension and superstiff structure. Barry Winfield, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1997 Acura Integra Type R Rewards VTEC Enthusiasts in a Major Way," 21 May 2020 The corrugation—a feature common in architecture and aviation, not just packing materials—makes the nanocardboard bendy and prevents cracks from forming. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "These Levitating 'Fruit Flies' Could Swarm on Mars for Science," 6 May 2020 Documenting these relics helped the team replicate the amplitude and frequency of the corrugations. John Freeman Gill, New York Times, "A Slice of the Fulton Fish Market Gets A New Life," 28 Feb. 2020 The roads up the stunning forested mountains that once thundered with the extraction of coal now lie quiet, cracked to the point of corrugation. The Economist, "Poverty in America The best way to eradicate poverty in America is to focus on children," 25 Sep. 2019 Since then, this disturbance has wound up ever tighter, creating a three-meter-high spiral corrugation pattern in the rings. Carolyn Porco, Scientific American, "Cassini at Saturn: A Retrospective," 1 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of corrugation

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Corrugation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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