waveform

noun
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 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, "Apple Watch Series 4 review: A bigger, better watchOS experience," 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, "U.S. Space Force's First Offensive Weapon Is a Satellite Jammer," 17 Mar. 2020 Here’s how some birds have tweaked their waveforms. Marion Renault, Popular Science, "See how birds change their tunes to fit their surroundings," 27 Jan. 2020 The waveforms of those signals serve as an audio fingerprint—in this case, evidence for two black holes spiraling inward toward each other and merging in a massive collision event, sending powerful shock waves across spacetime. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Fresh analysis of LIGO data supports “no hair” theorem for black holes," 17 Sep. 2019 Performers interpreted West's words with dance movements that looked like gentle waveforms, and layered vocals that overflowed the amphitheater. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Kanye West's 'Nebuchadnezzar' opera: A loud, late show for only the most loyal fans," 26 Nov. 2019 On the right half of the screen, squiggly lines display waveforms that correspond to the functions being performed on the qubits. Neil Savage, Scientific American, "Hands-On with Google’s Quantum Computer," 24 Oct. 2019 Next to that section is a box about the size of a desktop printer, which sends those waveforms as electrical pulses through wires and into the silver cylinder. Neil Savage, Scientific American, "Hands-On with Google’s Quantum Computer," 24 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of waveform

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 25 Jan. 2021.

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waveform

noun
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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