sound wave

noun

Definition of sound wave

2 sound waves plural : longitudinal pressure waves in any material medium regardless of whether they constitute audible sound earthquake waves and ultrasonic waves are sometimes called sound waves

Examples of sound wave in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sound wave left its imprint on the CMB and, faintly, in the distribution of the galaxies. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "To explain away dark matter, gravity would have to be really weird, cosmologists say," 20 Nov. 2020 So where this wave reaches the seafloor or the ground surface, the rock can behave like a massive speaker, producing a very low-frequency sound wave in the air or water. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Seismic sound waves crossing the deep ocean could be a new thermometer," 26 Sep. 2020 The seafloor motion can create a sound wave that travels across an ocean basin and re-enters the seafloor rock of an opposing coast. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Seismic sound waves crossing the deep ocean could be a new thermometer," 26 Sep. 2020 The sides of the glass transmit the vibration to the surrounding air, creating a sound wave with a specific frequency. Science Buddies, Scientific American, "Singing Glasses," 26 Nov. 2015 That means that the sound wave generated by the vibrations is much slower or has a lower frequency. Science Buddies, Scientific American, "Singing Glasses," 26 Nov. 2015 When several particles move at once, they can be described as a single entity, just as a sound wave is composed of multitudinous vibrating atoms. Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, "Direct Proof of Dark Matter May Lurk at Low-Energy Frontiers," 9 June 2020 The trend kicked off a few weeks ago when Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, two verified dad-aged artists, brought their standing friendly feud to the Instagram sound waves. Clarissa Pharr, Quartz, "Coronavirus lockdown is bringing back the live DJ battle," 5 Apr. 2020 That channels the sound waves up through the tubes to the ears. courant.com, "Is the stethoscope dying? High-tech rivals, including one made in Guilford, pose a threat," 23 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of sound wave

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sound wave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sound%20wave. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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sound wave

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sound wave

: a wave that is formed when a sound is made and that moves through the air and carries the sound to your ear

sound wave

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Kids Definition of sound wave

: a wave that is produced when a sound is made and is responsible for carrying the sound to the ear

sound wave

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Medical Definition of sound wave

2 sound waves plural : longitudinal pressure waves especially when transmitting audible sound

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