wave·​form | \ ˈwāv-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce waveform (audio) \

Definition of waveform

: a usually graphic representation of the shape of a wave that indicates its characteristics (such as frequency and amplitude)

called also waveshape

Examples of waveform in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There was the signal, and there was their prediction of what the waveform from the merger of two black holes would look like overlying it. Quanta Magazine, "From Einstein’s Theory to Gravity’s Chirp," 18 Feb. 2016 The Fourier transform separates a data signal into a collection of simpler waveforms. Quanta Magazine, "Strange Noise in Gravitational-Wave Data Sparks Debate," 30 June 2017 As Control System Designer Sarah Sheldon describes it, the system's microwave pulses rely on a collection of arbitrary waveform generators, mixers, and amplifiers. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Quantum computing’s future is almost semi-here—are we ready for it?," 16 Mar. 2018 By projecting images onto a screen, recording them with a television camera, and then turning those video signals into audio waveforms, the images could be properly pressed onto the records. Cory Zapatka, The Verge, "Decoding images from the Golden Record," 30 Oct. 2018 For those with more discerning power supply tastes, this UPS delivers square waveform power, not the more succulent pure sine waves that connoisseurs look for. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Protect against outages with this $35, six outlet uninterruptible power supply," 9 Oct. 2018 These new sounds create a waveform that twists to a point like a screw — so the researchers called them tornillos, Spanish for screw. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Why this volcano in Ecuador sounds like it’s breathing," 13 June 2018 University of Arizona professor of speech, language and hearing sciences Brad Story did a waveform analysis for Popular Science in an effort to explain the phenomenon. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Is it Yanny or Laurel? We Asked a Linguistics Expert to Put the Debate to Rest," 16 May 2018 The suit was equipped with an oxygen hose and emblazoned with the album's logo—a stylized globe bisected by a sawtooth waveform (WWW. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Towkio is officially Chicago’s highest rapper," 28 Feb. 2018

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1845, in the meaning defined above

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wave·​form | \ ˈwāv-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce waveform (audio) \

Medical Definition of waveform

: a usually graphic representation of the shape of a wave that indicates its characteristics (as frequency and amplitude)

called also waveshape

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