un·​du·​lant | \ ˈən-jə-lənt How to pronounce undulant (audio) , ˈən-dyə-, ˈən-də-\

Definition of undulant

1 : rising and falling in waves
2 : having a wavy form, outline, or surface played her approach shot onto the undulant green

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When Should You Use undulant?

Unda, Latin for "wave," ripples through the history of words such as abound, inundate, redound, surround, and, of course, undulant, which first showed up in print in English around 1822. (The adjective undulate, a synonym of undulant, is almost 200 years older but rarely used today. The far more common verb undulate has several meanings including "to form or move in waves.") The meaning of undulant is broad enough to describe both a dancer's hips and a disease marked by a fever that continually waxes and wanes.

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The lower center of gravity, the undulant torsos and the uninhibited phrasing certainly make this the sexiest of the festival entries. Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Chronicle, "Pita’s ‘Bjork Ballet’ a stunning work in S.F. Ballet’s final Unbound program," 27 Apr. 2018 They have been carved into soap-smooth, undulant contours by eons of grinding floodwater. Stephen Nash, New York Times, "At Three National Monuments, Quiet Trails and Questions About the Future," 6 Dec. 2017 At five-thirty a full moon is still high in the western sky, illuminating the undulant folds of the dwarfish Coast Range, dirt dry in this third year of drought. Mike Sager, Esquire, "Growing Almonds in the Desert," 25 Feb. 2015 Newly appointed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, eager to prove his worth, threw himself into the administration’s undulant line of cross-communication with gusto. Isobel Thompson, The Hive, "Trump’s Hold on the Republican Party Begins to Break," 24 July 2017

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First Known Use of undulant

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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