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undulation

[uhn-juh-ley-shuh n, uhn-dyuh-, -duh-] /ˌʌn dʒəˈleɪ ʃən, ˌʌn dyə-, -də-/
noun
1.
an act of undulating; a wavelike motion.
2.
a wavy form or outline.
3.
one of a series of wavelike bends, curves, or elevations.
4.
Physics.
  1. a wave.
  2. the motion of waves.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; undul(ate) + -ation
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  • The top edge is a triumph of undulation and its handle a swirl of curling leaves and clever loops.
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British Dictionary definitions for undulation

undulation

/ˌʌndjʊˈleɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of undulating
2.
any wave or wavelike form, line, etc
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Word Origin and History for undulation
n.

1640s, from Medieval Latin *undulatio, from Late Latin undulatus "wavy, undulated," from undula "wavelet," diminutive of Latin unda "wave" (see water).

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