wavelength

noun wave·length \ ˈwāv-ˌleŋ(k)th \

Definition of wavelength

1 :the distance in the line of advance of a wave from any one point to the next point of corresponding phase
2 :a particular course or line of thought especially as related to mutual understanding
  • two people on different wavelengths

Examples of wavelength in a Sentence

  1. Light and sound have different wavelengths.

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First Known Use of wavelength

1850


WAVELENGTH Defined for English Language Learners

wavelength

noun

Definition of wavelength for English Language Learners

  • : the distance from one wave of energy to another as it is traveling from one point to another point

  • —used especially in the phrases on the same wavelength and on a different wavelength to say that people share or do not share a way of thinking


WAVELENGTH Defined for Kids

wavelength

noun wave·length \ ˈwāv-ˌleŋth \

Definition of wavelength for Students

:the distance in the line of advance of a wave from any one point to the next similar point

Medical Dictionary

wavelength

noun wave·length \ -ˌleŋ(k)th \

medical Definition of wavelength

:the distance in the line of advance of a wave from any one point to the next point of corresponding phase symbol λ


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