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wave theory

Also called undulatory theory. Physics. the theory that light is transmitted as a wave, similar to oscillations in magnetic and electric fields.
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
1825-35 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for wave theory

wave theory

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