plural -s
: a wavy weaving pattern produced by a special reed that alternately spreads and converges a small group of warp threads

Word History


French ondulé wavy, from past participle of onduler to wave, ripple, back-formation from ondulation wave, concentric wave-motion in a liquid or gas, probably from (assumed) New Latin undulation-, undulatio concentric wave motion in a liquid or gas

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

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!

Dictionary Entries Near ondule

Cite this Entry

“Ondule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ondule. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!