follow Dictionary.com

11 Trending Words of 2014

undulate

[v. uhn-juh-leyt, uhn-dyuh-, -duh-; adj. uhn-juh-lit, -leyt, uhn-dyuh-, -duh-] /v. ˈʌn dʒəˌleɪt, ˈʌn dyə-, -də-; adj. ˈʌn dʒə lɪt, -ˌleɪt, ˈʌn dyə-, -də-/
verb (used without object), undulated, undulating.
1.
to move with a sinuous or wavelike motion; display a smooth rising-and-falling or side-to-side alternation of movement:
The flag undulates in the breeze.
2.
to have a wavy form or surface; bend with successive curves in alternate directions.
3.
(of a sound) to rise and fall in pitch:
the wail of a siren undulating in the distance.
verb (used with object), undulated, undulating.
4.
to cause to move in waves.
5.
to give a wavy form to.
adjective
6.
Also, undulated. having a wavelike or rippled form, surface, edge, etc.; wavy.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin undulātus waved, equivalent to und(a) wave + -ul(a) -ule + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
undulator, noun
nonundulate, adjective
nonundulating, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for undulates

undulate

/ˈʌndjʊˌleɪt/
verb
1.
to move or cause to move in waves or as if in waves
2.
to have or provide with a wavy form or appearance
adjective (ˈʌndjʊlɪt; -ˌleɪt)
3.
having a wavy or rippled appearance, margin, or form: an undulate leaf
Derived Forms
undulator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin undulātus, from unda a wave
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for undulates

undulate

v.

1660s, from undulation. Related: undulated, undulating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for undulate

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for undulates

10
14
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with undulates

Nearby words for undulates