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 When light interacts with certain objects, like crystals, its waveform changes and begins to oscillate with a unique signature. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, 20 Jan. 2022 The researchers therefore dubbed the events hybrid-frequency waveform earthquakes (EHW). David Bressan, Forbes, 6 Dec. 2021 But Sethi's artistic interpretation of a waveform is all her own. Bijan Hosseini, CNN, 10 June 2021 Aortic pressure waveform: ratio of sitting to supine position. Chris Smith, BGR, 26 Apr. 2021 Extracting the waveform from a person’s fingertip was the easy part. Steven Levy, Wired, 16 Mar. 2021 When all is said and done, the Watch's screen shows your ECG waveform and includes a description of what that reading means. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, 26 Sep. 2018 The Secure World Foundation’s 2019 report Global Counterspace Capabilities, has this to say about the CCS system: There is no public information on any technical characteristic of the CCS, such as frequency ranges, power levels and waveforms. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 17 Mar. 2020 Here’s how some birds have tweaked their waveforms. Marion Renault, Popular Science, 27 Jan. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of waveform

1845, in the meaning defined above

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“Waveform.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waveform. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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