How to Use sine wave in a Sentence

sine wave

• In reality, all of the lines are sine waves all the way across.
Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, 10 Dec. 2017
• The pure sine wave inverter can also provide up to 3,600 watts for peak bursts.
Jim Rossman, Dallas News, 1 Apr. 2021
• The growsers have a very slight sine wave shape, four to five millimeters, but that adds an insane amount of rigidity.
Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 30 July 2020
• That’s the heart of the metacrisis, a pulsing, elastic, exponential sine wave from Big Bang peak to Big Crunch trough.
Adam Rogers, Wired, 11 Feb. 2021
• While turning the saw on and off, the sine wave of the current had consistent symmetrical waves.
Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, 17 Mar. 2023
• The wiry undulations of the Slinky toy, for example, turn out to be good way of modeling sine waves.
Paul Grimstad, The New Republic, 21 June 2018
• Enough ports for almost every need: Pure sine wave AC output and nine other ports seem enough to take care of your basic needs.
Dallas News, 14 June 2022
• The inverter that powers the AC outlets on the Jackery produces pure sine wave power.
Dallas News, 9 Apr. 2020
• Soon, workers will tackle the main span, which is over 1,200 feet long and looks like a double sine wave assembled with an old Erector set.
Joseph Berger, New York Times, 25 Dec. 2017
• Each cycle, each little sine wave, is one-sixtieth of a second.
David Roberts, Vox, 5 June 2018
• As Sugarawa varied the laser's intensity over time in the shape of a sine wave, fluctuating at about 1,000 times a second, Fu picked up a distinct high-pitched tone.
Wired, 4 Nov. 2019
• For the athletes whose recovery looked less like continuous, linear growth and more like a sine wave, Wenger didn’t hold them to a structured protocol.
Olivia Reiner, USA TODAY, 20 July 2021
• If not, go with a pure sine wave inverter, which produces current similar to that available from a household outlet.
The Editors, Field & Stream, 12 Sep. 2019
• The literary life is less like Freytag’s Pyramid and more like a sine wave — peaks and valleys, small victories alternating with strings of failures.
Mark Athitakis, Washington Post, 6 Mar. 2023
• The inverter produces pure sine wave energy, which is clean power with less electrical noise.
Jim Rossman, Dallas News, 17 Feb. 2021
• Where a human driver would try to pick a line and stay on it throughout a corner, the self-steering Audi twitches its wheel with high-frequency corrections, scribbling a sine wave of small inputs.
Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, 17 Nov. 2015
• Students learn that a wave can oscillate only as fast as its highest-frequency sine wave component.
Katie McCormick, Quanta Magazine, 16 May 2022
• For those with more discerning power supply tastes, this UPS delivers square waveform power, not the more succulent pure sine waves that connoisseurs look for.
Ian Paul, PCWorld, 9 Oct. 2018
• The result: on a flat map, the spacecraft would appear to be inscribing a sort of sine wave pattern, moving above and below the equator, never passing over precisely the same point on the ground on two consecutive orbits.
Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 28 May 2020
• His life, with its abrupt end, doesn’t fit into the modified sine wave the formula demands — humble beginnings, slow rise, peak success, fall, then redemption or a reaffirming of legacy.
Alison Willmore, Vulture, 16 July 2021
• Typical generators have varying degrees of distortion in the sine wave of the alternating current.
Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, 9 Dec. 2020
• Fourier analysis tells us that complicated sound waves are built from sine waves of many different frequencies, like primary colors.
Eugenia Cheng, WSJ, 11 Apr. 2018
• Periodic functions are repeating patterns like the undulations of a sine wave in trigonometry.
Kenneth Chang, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2018
• In the simplest form of ordinary radio, a switch connects and disconnects a strong electrical signal source – perhaps an oscillator that produces a sine wave fluctuating 2 billion times per second – to the transmit antenna.
Joshua R. Smith, The Conversation, 24 Jan. 2023
• More than two centuries ago, mathematicians developed a method called Fourier analysis for describing, for example, the vibrations of a guitar string as the combination of multiple sine waves.
Kenneth Chang, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2018
• The sine wave is a smooth, periodic undulation, a mathematical idealization of waves found in nature: energetic seismic waves produced by earthquakes; sonic booms propagating through air; tsunamis spreading across water.
New York Times, 14 Sep. 2021

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