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wave theory

noun
1.
Also called undulatory theory. Physics. the theory that light is transmitted as a wave, similar to oscillations in magnetic and electric fields.
2.
Historical Linguistics. a theory that accounts for shared features among languages or dialects by identifying these features as innovations that spread from their points of origin to the speech of contiguous areas.
Origin of wave theory
1825-1835
1825-35
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  • Likewise, he first proposed the wave theory of light; although it was Huygens who established it on its present foundation.

  • Explain how the fact of polarization affects the wave theory of light.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • Thus he approximates to the wave theory of light, though he supposed that the transmission of light was instantaneous.

  • Nature of Light; wave theory, interference, polarization, significance.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • We will therefore look at wave motion, in order to understand the wave theory of light.

    Aether and Gravitation William George Hooper
  • It is evidently under the spell of the wave theory of light and heat.

  • As stated at the time, this discovery ushered in the darkest hour in the fortunes of the wave theory.

    Six Lectures on Light John Tyndall
  • So that the emission theory harmonizes with the wave theory in regard to reflection.

    Aether and Gravitation William George Hooper
  • We have up to the present dealt with only two theories of light, the Corpuscular theory and the Undulatory or wave theory.

    Aether and Gravitation William George Hooper
  • For now wellnigh a century we have had a wave theory of light; and a wave theory of light is quite certainly true.

    The Ether of Space Oliver Lodge
British Dictionary definitions for wave theory

wave theory

noun
1.
the theory proposed by Huygens that light is transmitted by waves
2.
any theory that light or other radiation is transmitted as waves See electromagnetic wave
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