wave·​let | \ ˈwāv-lət How to pronounce wavelet (audio) \

Definition of wavelet

: a little wave : ripple

Examples of wavelet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The coming storm of virus wavelets While Germany was on lockdown last month, each person there with the coronavirus was infecting fewer than one other person on average. David Leonhardt, New York Times, "Coronavirus, Anthony Fauci, California: Your Tuesday Briefing," 12 May 2020 Her wavelets have helped geologists analyze seismograms and neuroscientists read MRI images of brain activity. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Mathematics Pioneer Ingrid Daubechies Has More Barriers to Break," 24 Jan. 2020 Meander, Spiral, Explode is a playful, insightful taxonomy of narratives that while seeming to defy categorization, in fact take their innovative structures from patterns found in nature: fractals, cells, wavelets, and more. The Atlantic, "The 15 Best Books of 2019," 24 Dec. 2019 Fortunately for human observers, the crabs are often on the move, ranging freely from the vanishing wavelets of the wrack line to the toe of the secondary dunes hundreds of feet away. New York Times, "Ghost on the Beach," 28 June 2018 Close to the strike, this wavelet can cause erratic behavior in electronic devices by changing or enhancing the electric field. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "Here’s how lightning can knock out your power before it even strikes," 13 June 2018 The waters are calm and clear and nothing quite beats watching airplanes take off directly overhead as the island's only runway ends where wavelets begin. David Jefferys, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Perfect (Long) Weekend in St. Barts," 16 Apr. 2018 Designed for both shade and air flow, the ribbon features 10 parallel fins or wavelets, undulating and curvaceous, sculpted from glass, architectural fabric and PTFE synthetic resin. Alastair Gordon, miamiherald, "It’s hard to love a mall. Brickell City Centre may be the exception.," 12 May 2017 The Wagyu steak, sliced and on a sizzling platter, doubles up on buttery: the lush A5-grade beef is topped with a wavelet of sea urchin butter spiked with the restaurant’s own togarashi spice blend. Steve Reddicliffe, New York Times, "Roister in Chicago: A High-End Spinoff Goes Casual and Fun," 12 May 2017

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First Known Use of wavelet

circa 1810, in the meaning defined above

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“Wavelet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wavelet. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wavelet

technical : a small wave

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