standing wave


Definition of standing wave

: a single-frequency mode of vibration of a body or physical system in which the amplitude varies from place to place, is constantly zero at fixed points, and has maxima at other points

Examples of standing wave in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web About the time Newsom was speaking, Susan West stood waving a flag out the open sunroof of a gold Lexus SUV stuck in gridlock in front of the Capitol. Anita Chabria, Los Angeles Times, "‘Freedom’ protest against coronavirus orders leads to arrests at California Capitol," 1 May 2020 An even bigger challenge came at White Horse Rapids, which featured big standing waves, jagged rocks and whirlpools. Smithsonian, "Gold Fever! Deadly Cold! And the Amazing True Adventures of Jack London in the Wild," 24 Oct. 2019 The movement of the droplets is controlled (to some extent) by the phase between the two sound waves, which changes the standing wave pattern. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Bouncing liquid surface can make bubbles do a stop-start dance," 26 July 2019 The essential idea is that if the liquid bath is subject to vibration from below (the researchers use the woofer from a speaker), then a standing wave pattern will form on the top. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Bouncing liquid surface can make bubbles do a stop-start dance," 26 July 2019 In late February, when three exhausted and dehydrated Salvadorans stood waving for help on the roadside north of Marfa, a local lawyer picked them up, only to be quickly pulled over by a county deputy. John Maccormack,, "Border immigration surge reaches the Big Bend," 10 June 2019 Light is a wave, and when stuck between two mirrors, the light forms a standing wave. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Laser-powered cell phone transmitters could be in your future," 9 May 2018 The lesson plan Caine wrote to meet part of the award criteria calls for students to do an online simulation for standing wave patterns. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "Award-winning science teacher: Once students get past the fear, even physics becomes easier," 23 Mar. 2018 The resort’s hallmark Adventure Water Park features a 110-foot-long waterslide, as well as a 900-foot lazy river and a standing wave, but those seeking a little more R&R can kick back in a garden cabana at the quiet and beautiful Aguamiel Pool. Ali Van Houten, Sunset, "12 Luxury Spa Resorts Worth the Splurge," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of standing wave

1896, in the meaning defined above

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“Standing wave.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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