sound wave


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

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Music and sound waves travel through bone conduction when your head hits the pillow, yet no one else can hear it. Karen Campbell,, "Trouble sleeping? Let your senses be your guide," 12 July 2018 Frequency is measured in hertz (Hz), or the number of sound waves per second. Ben Finio, Scientific American, "Make Sprinkles Dance," 31 May 2018 All month long, the HSO plants itself outdoors, enlists some hi-watt stars and beams sound waves into the night air. Michael Hamad,, "July Is A Huge Month For HSO POPS! Fans. Here’s Why.," 28 June 2018 However, a doctor might decide to use an ultrasound (high-frequency sound waves) to help locate the lump. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Helpful Things to Know About Getting a Breast Biopsy Before It Happens," 27 June 2018 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 Join an instructor from Mad Science for sound experiments and live demonstrations showing the properties and transmission of sound waves. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 26 June 2018 Together with the side walls of the auditorium, the balconies ensure circulation of the full spectrum of sound waves. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Science of Music," 15 June 2018 One isolates rare-earth elements with carbon nanotube technology; another recovers key minerals by bombarding them with underwater sound waves. New York Times, "E-Waste Offers an Economic Opportunity as Well as Toxicity," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of sound wave

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sound wave was in 1848

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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

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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

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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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