sound wave

noun
(acoustics) a wave that transmits sound (Freq. 3)
Syn: ↑acoustic wave
Topics: ↑acoustics
Hypernyms: ↑wave, ↑undulation
Hyponyms: ↑air wave

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noun
1. : sound III 1b
2. sound waves plural : longitudinal pressure waves in any material medium regardless of whether they constitute audible sound

earthquake waves and ultrasonic waves are sometimes called sound waves

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Physics.
a longitudinal wave in an elastic medium, esp. a wave producing an audible sensation.
[1865-70]

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sound wave noun
A longitudinal disturbance propagated through air or other medium
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Main Entry:sound

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sound wave UK US noun [countable] [singular sound wave plural sound waves] physics
a movement in the air that carries sound to your ear
Thesaurus: relating to soundhyponym describing loud and noisy soundssynonym

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sound wave,
any of the longitudinal progressive vibrations of a material medium by which sounds are transmitted.

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n. Physics a wave of compression and rarefaction, by which sound is propagated in an elastic medium such as air

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noun, pl ⋯ waves [count]
: a wave that is formed when a sound is made and that moves through the air and carries the sound to your ear

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ˈsound wave [sound wave sound waves] noun
a ↑vibration in the air, in water, etc. that we hear as sound

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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