wave·​guide | \ ˈwāv-ˌgīd How to pronounce waveguide (audio) \

Definition of waveguide

: a device (such as a duct, coaxial cable, or glass fiber) designed to confine and direct the propagation of electromagnetic waves (such as light) especially : a metal tube for channeling ultrahigh-frequency waves

Examples of waveguide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The thin wall acts as a waveguide for the sound wave and slows its speed compared to an unconfined sound wave. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 2 Mar. 2022 The glasses have a MicroLED display with full-lens holographic waveguide technology. Steven Winkelman, PCMAG, 4 Jan. 2022 Rather than taking over the wearer’s vision like a VR headset, interface elements are projected onto a waveguide that appears in the corner of your vision. Andrew Williams, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 One example of such a component is a more efficient waveguide, which is used to route photons inside the chip. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, 27 July 2021 As the voltage varied, the speed at which the light teaveled through the waveguide was altered, splitting the light into its constituent frequencies and knocking these out of step. Zeeya Merali, Scientific American, 5 June 2013 Lukens' team created its Talbot carpet in time by passing laser light through a 'phase modulator', a waveguide that also had an oscillating electrical voltage applied to it. Zeeya Merali, Scientific American, 5 June 2013 There’s an acoustic waveguide on the bottom which ensures the sound is pushed out into space properly, essentially to deliver a 360-degree experience. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, 12 Nov. 2020 The HomePod mini also features an acoustic waveguide, just like the full-size HomePod, which helps to direct the flow of sound toward the bottom of the device and outward to create 360-degree sound. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 13 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of waveguide

1932, in the meaning defined above

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

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wave·​guide | \ ˈwāv-ˌgīd How to pronounce waveguide (audio) \

Medical Definition of waveguide

: a device (as a glass fiber) designed to confine and direct the propagation of electromagnetic waves (as light) use of waveguides for visual examination of the stomach

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