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 The waves can interact with others in the atmosphere, creating something resembling a standing wave, like a pinged guitar string that seems like it’s vibrating in place. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, 29 Sep. 2020 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, 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, 26 July 2019 Light is a wave, and when stuck between two mirrors, the light forms a standing wave. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 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, 23 Mar. 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 27 Jul. 2021.

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