un·du·la·tion | \ˌən-jə-ˈlā-shən, ˌən-dyə-, ˌən-də-\

Definition of undulation 

1a : a rising and falling in waves

b : a wavelike motion to and fro in a fluid or elastic medium propagated continuously among its particles but with little or no permanent translation of the particles in the direction of the propagation : vibration

2 : the pulsation caused by the vibrating together of two tones not quite in unison

3 : a wavy appearance, outline, or form : waviness

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Players that choose to lay up short of the bunkers will still have an option to go for the green with long irons and fairway metals, but the green’s severe undulation on the front right will make hitting the green much more challenging. star-telegram, "How to play the Trinity Forest golf course: Be creative and embrace the character | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 16 May 2018 While Washington has long ago grown numb to Trump’s unrelenting mayhem, the president’s two days of undulations in Brussels, rolling between enraged criticism and boastful, happy proclamations, left many leaders feeling queasy. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: GOP candidates caught in a bind on Medicaid," 13 July 2018 And the sleek vertical lines are a counterpart to the horizontal undulations of the soon-to-open transit center next door. John King, SFChronicle.com, "New nimble, frisky SoMa tower fits neatly into surroundings," 6 July 2018 The green is elevated and features plenty of undulation, making this a true test from start to finish. Brent Kennedy, Howard County Times, "Worthington Manor Golf Club," 29 June 2018 The greens are incredibly large, meaning that golfers will inevitably face several long putts going up, down and around multiple hills and undulations. Brent Kennedy, The Aegis, "Mountain Branch Golf Club," 22 June 2018 The wiry undulations of the Slinky toy, for example, turn out to be good way of modeling sine waves. Paul Grimstad, The New Republic, "Can You Measure How Good a Song Is?," 21 June 2018 The hole then bends to the left and continues slightly downhill to one of the toughest greens on the course, featuring a false front and plenty of undulation. Brent Kennedy, Howard County Times, "Whiskey Creek Golf Club," 20 June 2018 The rover has measured a few more methane spikes, but the new wrinkle is the undulations in the low background levels — higher in summer than winter. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "Life on Mars? Rover’s Latest Discovery Puts It ‘On the Table’," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of undulation

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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