sine wave

noun

Definition of sine wave 

: a waveform that represents periodic oscillations in which the amplitude of displacement at each point is proportional to the sine of the phase angle of the displacement and that is visualized as a sine curve : sine curve also : a wave so represented

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For those with more discerning power supply tastes, this UPS delivers square waveform power, not the more succulent pure sine waves that connoisseurs look for. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Protect against outages with this $35, six outlet uninterruptible power supply," 9 Oct. 2018 Because the power is essentially filtered through the inverter (AC to DC and back to AC), the sine wave is clean and constant. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "How the Honda EU2200i Generator Is Getting Me Through Hurricane Florence," 17 Sep. 2018 The wiry undulations of the Slinky toy, for example, turn out to be good way of modeling sine waves. Paul Grimstad, The New Republic, "Can You Measure How Good a Song Is?," 21 June 2018 Each cycle, each little sine wave, is one-sixtieth of a second. David Roberts, Vox, "This technology could fundamentally change our relationship to electricity," 5 June 2018 More than two centuries ago, mathematicians developed a method called Fourier analysis for describing, for example, the vibrations of a guitar string as the combination of multiple sine waves. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "Robert P. Langlands Is Awarded the Abel Prize, a Top Math Honor," 20 Mar. 2018 Fourier analysis tells us that complicated sound waves are built from sine waves of many different frequencies, like primary colors. Eugenia Cheng, WSJ, "What Makes One Voice Shrill, Another Sweet?," 11 Apr. 2018 Periodic functions are repeating patterns like the undulations of a sine wave in trigonometry. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "Robert P. Langlands Is Awarded the Abel Prize, a Top Math Honor," 20 Mar. 2018 Soon, workers will tackle the main span, which is over 1,200 feet long and looks like a double sine wave assembled with an old Erector set. Joseph Berger, New York Times, "The End for the Tappan Zee Bridge Comes in Pieces, Not With a Boom," 25 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of sine wave

1893, in the meaning defined above

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