sinusoidal

adjective

si·​nu·​soi·​dal ˌsīn-yə-ˈsȯi-dᵊl How to pronounce sinusoidal (audio)
ˌsī-nə-
: of, relating to, shaped like, or varying according to a sine curve or sine wave
sinusoidal motion
sinusoidal alternating current
sinusoidal grooves
sinusoidally adverb

Examples of sinusoidal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The smaller robot could also switch to synchronous flight when connected to a controller that generated sinusoidal or periodic signals. Rupendra Brahambhatt, Ars Technica, 16 Oct. 2023 One model put forth in 1990 assumed riders rock backward and forward at a constant frequency in simple sinusoidal motion—meaning the movement makes the shape of a sine wave in time. Bykatie McCormick, science.org, 7 Apr. 2023 Then a folding card table is found whose top, fully unfolded, fits precisely between two opposing concavities in the sinusoidal ripple of the walls. Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sinusoidal was in 1878

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“Sinusoidal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sinusoidal. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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