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sound wave

noun, Physics.
a longitudinal wave in an elastic medium, especially a wave producing an audible sensation.
Origin of sound wave
1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Reflections from undersea organisms, such as whales, can disrupt the sound wave's path.
  • The quantization of this sound wave leads to phonons.
  • The pressure at a fixed point swings from low to high and back as the sound wave sweeps by.
  • If there are no ears to hear the sound wave, it still exists.
  • When a sound wave enters the outer ear, it bounces around the pinna's ridges.
  • Every sound wave is actually composed of numerous sine waves, each of which can be easily described mathematically.
  • When a sound wave reaches the ear, it is transmitted to a structure in the inner ear called the cochlea.
  • Focusing a sound wave onto a pool of ink causes droplets to spatter onto a nearby surface.
  • When a sound wave hits the diaphragm, it moves the coil, generating a current.
  • The basic components of a sound wave are frequency, wavelength and amplitude.
British Dictionary definitions for sound wave

sound wave

a wave that propagates sound
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