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.

Examples of undulant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pool deck looks out on the undulant topography of Beverly Hills, with the steeple tops of pine trees etched in the distance. Barrett Swanson, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2021 Michael Maloney reads this extraordinary book in gentle undulant tones for the most part, picking up speed and urgency as danger threatens, above all the otter hunt. Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2020 Michael Maloney reads this extraordinary book in gentle undulant tones for the most part, picking up speed and urgency as danger threatens. Katherine A. Powers Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 15 Jan. 2021 Yet the performance is lithe, undulant and cogently phrased. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, 4 Oct. 2020 The tour concluded in Seoul, at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, where Presley enthused over the work of Yoo Youngkuk, a twentieth-century painter who abstracted Korea’s undulant horizons into vivid shapes and planes. Dan Piepenbring, The New Yorker, 24 Sep. 2020 Alex Wyndham narrates this revelatory, amusing, often poignant amalgam of science and family history in a dark, undulant baritone, a voice that could be that of a big, kindly eel. Katherine Powers, Washington Post, 6 July 2020 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, 27 Apr. 2018 They have been carved into soap-smooth, undulant contours by eons of grinding floodwater. Stephen Nash, New York Times, 6 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of undulant

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Undulant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undulant. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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