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wave front

noun, Physics.
1.
a surface, real or imaginary, that is the locus of all adjacent points at which the phase of oscillation is the same.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70
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wave front in Science
wave front  
The set of points in space reached by a wave or vibration at the same instant as the wave travels through a medium. Wave fronts generally form a continuous line or surface. The lines formed by crests of ripples on a pond, for example, correspond to curved wave fronts.
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