wave theory

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Definition of wave theory

: a theory in physics: light is transmitted from luminous bodies to the eye and other objects by an undulatory movement

called also undulatory theory

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Patterns for Alto’ Aether: a medium that in the wave theory of light permeates all space and transmits transverse waves. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "The Playlist: Previously Unreleased Hendrix, and 10 More New Songs," 19 Jan. 2018 The multiple-waves theory has failed as a model because the linguistic similarities used to show patterns of migration are just not that convincing. Adam Rutherford, The Atlantic, "A New History of the First Peoples in the Americas," 3 Oct. 2017

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1833, in the meaning defined above

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wave theory

noun

Medical Definition of wave theory

: a theory in physics: light is transmitted from luminous bodies to the eye and other objects by an undulatory movement

called also undulatory theory

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