waveform

noun

wave·​form ˈwāv-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce waveform (audio)
: 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 The name relates to the electrical waveforms produced by the heart on an electrocardiogram trace, which contort and writhe. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Sep. 2023 The intensity of the tremor damaged the seismometer that took the reading below, interrupting the waveform in the north–south direction. IEEE Spectrum, 1 Sep. 2023 Predicting the next word in a sentence makes sense in the context of language generation, but does not immediately apply to multimodal health data (e.g., physiological waveforms). Jenna Wiens, STAT, 25 Aug. 2023 There are as yet no widely agreed upon technical standards outlining 6G’s frequencies, signal modulations, and waveforms. IEEE Spectrum, 22 Aug. 2023 The communiqué was a 40-gigabyte string of numbers describing the waveform of the telemetry data, interwoven with the alien message. Shi En Kim, Scientific American, 3 Aug. 2023 The Golden Record contains Earth’s greatest audio hits — laughter, birdsong, a kiss — as well as images encoded into staticky-sounding waveform data. Corinne Purtill, Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2023 This works by playing a sound through your speakers while a microphone measures the waveform. Hunter Fenollol, Popular Mechanics, 5 May 2023 Also, all data centers use power-factor correction circuits, which adjust the power supply’s alternating-current waveforms to improve efficiency and remove characteristics that could damage equipment. IEEE Spectrum, 26 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of waveform was in 1845

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“Waveform.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waveform. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition

waveform

noun
wave·​form ˈwāv-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce waveform (audio)
: 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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