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wave number

the number of waves in one centimeter of light in a given wavelength; the reciprocal of the wavelength.
Origin of wave number
1900-05 Unabridged
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  • Thus, the wave number of minimum brightness temperature should be related to the height of the tropopause.
  • wave number two began in the late afternoon and continued into the early evening hours.
British Dictionary definitions for wave number

wave number

(physics) the reciprocal of the wavelength of a wave ν, σ
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wave number in Science
wave number  
The number of wave cycles per unit distance for a wave of a given wavelength.
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