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 Murphy spent six minutes underwater at the standing wave as friends and other surfers flung themselves into the water in an attempt to free him from the underwater panels that make the wave. Michael Krohn, oregonlive, 3 May 2022 At least six fatalities have been reported at standing wave features on other rivers in the U.S. and Canada in recent years, according to data compiled by Surf Anywhere, a firm that designs river waves. Michael Krohn, oregonlive, 3 May 2022 At the end, everyone stood and gave him a standing wave. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 28 Mar. 2022 This is a temporary change water level caused by a standing wave, which acts a bit like a see saw at either end of the lake. Washington Post, 7 Dec. 2021 Seiche, its namesake, means a standing wave in a body of water. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 6 Dec. 2021 The standing wave termination structure now efficiently eliminate standing waves while minimizing the use of acoustic damping material. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 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 See More

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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 7 Oct. 2022.

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