wave front

noun

: a surface composed at any instant of all the points just reached by a vibrational disturbance in its propagation through a medium

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Somite production occurs at a spot (the wave front) where the concentration of FGF is at just the right level when the clock makes a tick. Adam Mann, Discover Magazine, 25 Mar. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wave front was circa 1864

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“Wave front.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wave%20front. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

wave front

noun
: a surface composed at any instant of all the points just reached by a vibrational disturbance in its propagation through a medium

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