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
Light and sound have different wavelengths.
Recent Examples of wavelength from the Web
The whole orchestra seemed finely focused on the conductor’s wavelength.
With new materials, Uribe-Romo hopes to make his artificial leaf work with wavelengths other than just blue light, making the process even more efficient.
And although the software cannot yet analyze color outside the visible spectrum---like infrared or ultraviolet wavelengths---Wallin thinks it could easily be tweaked to incorporate them.
The project plans to use about 40 channels, or wavelengths, each capable of transmitting 10 billion bits a second (10 Gbps).
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First Known Use of wavelength
WAVELENGTH Defined for English Language Learners
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
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 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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