si·​nu·​soi·​dal | \ˌsīn-yə-ˈsȯi-dᵊl, ˌsī-nə-\

Definition of sinusoidal 

: of, relating to, shaped like, or varying according to a sine curve or sine wave sinusoidal motion sinusoidal alternating current sinusoidal grooves

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sinusoidally \ˌsīn-​yə-​ˈsȯi-​dᵊl-​ē, ˌsī-​nə-​ \ adverb

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The current generated by a stepper motor is similar to the sinusoidal current of a sound wave. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Eerie Sounding DIY Organ Uses 49 Motors to Make Music," 16 Aug. 2016 The wave bounces off the surface and returns to the satellite, traveling in an undulating, up-down, sinusoidal wave. Danielle Venton, Wired News, "How Satellites Can Monitor California's Underground Water," 7 May 2015

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First Known Use of sinusoidal

1878, in the meaning defined above

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