undulation

noun
un·​du·​la·​tion | \ ˌən-jə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce undulation (audio) , 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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Those undulations snapped one of the suspension cables, so the bridge was lopsided and began twisting along its center axis along with the galloping motion. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New study sheds more light on what caused Millennium Bridge to wobble," 30 Oct. 2018 The downside: that precise steering can be too sensitive at freeway speed and can follow undulations in the pavement. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, "8 Cool Things About the Can-Am Ryker," 13 Nov. 2018 The unsophisticated suspension can be harsh on bumpy pavement, which can upset the bike if some undulations on a challenging road take you by surprise. Nick Goddard, Popular Mechanics, "The Ducati Scrambler Icon Bike Just Got a Little Sweeter To Ride," 25 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of undulation

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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