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electromagnetic wave

noun, Physics.
a wave produced by the acceleration of an electric charge and propagated by the periodic variation of intensities of, usually, perpendicular electric and magnetic fields.
Also called electric wave.
Origin of electromagnetic wave
1905-10 Unabridged
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  • These electromagnetic waves produce oscillations in the antenn of a receiving station.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • Waves transmitted by, in and through the ether, or electromagnetic waves, or electric waves for short.

    The Radio Amateur's Hand Book A. Frederick Collins
  • This energy is transmitted through the free ether in waves, which are known as electromagnetic waves.

    Historic Inventions Rupert S. Holland
  • Theory that light consists of electromagnetic waves—Clerk-Maxwell, England, 1873.

    The Story of Great Inventions Elmer Ellsworth Burns
British Dictionary definitions for electromagnetic waves

electromagnetic wave

a wave of energy propagated in an electromagnetic field See also electromagnetic radiation
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electromagnetic waves in Science
electromagnetic wave  
A wave of energy consisting of electric and magnetic fields, oscillating at right angles to each other. See more at electromagnetic radiation.
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electromagnetic waves in Culture

electromagnetic waves definition

Waves composed of undulating electrical fields and magnetic fields. The different kinds of electromagnetic waves, such as light and radio waves, form the electromagnetic spectrum. All electromagnetic waves have the same speed in a vacuum, a speed expressed by the letter c (the speed of light) and equal to about 186,000 miles (or 300,000 kilometers) per second.

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