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

When Should You Use undulant?

Unda, Latin for "wave," is the root of undulant, as well as words such as abound, inundate, redound, surround, and the verb undulate, which means "to form or move in waves." The meaning of undulant is now broad enough that it could describe things as disparate as a snake’s movement and a fever that waxes and wanes.

Examples of undulant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It is suspended, high in the air, above a line of low, undulant blue hills. Roxana Robinson, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021 Behind her, an undulant cascade of a semi-transparent textile striped in dark green is nearly abstract. Roberta Smith, New York Times, 24 June 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of undulant

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Undulant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undulant. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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