sound wave

noun
|Updated on: 14 Jun 2018

Definition of sound wave

1 : 1sound 1a
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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First Known Use of sound wave

1848

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SOUND WAVE Defined for English Language Learners

sound wave

Definition of sound wave for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

sound wave

noun

Definition of sound wave for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

sound wave

noun

medical Definition of sound wave

1 : sound 1
2 sound waves plural : longitudinal pressure waves especially when transmitting audible sound


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