standing wave
noun Date: 1896 a single-frequency mode of vibration of a body or physical system in which the amplitude varies from place to place, is constantly zero at fixed points, and has maxima at other points

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  • Standing wave — A standing wave, also known as a stationary wave, is a wave that remains in a constant position. This phenomenon can occur because the medium is moving in the opposite direction to the wave, or it can arise in a stationary medium as a result of… …   Wikipedia

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  • standing wave — wave that is motionless …   English contemporary dictionary

  • standing wave — i. A wave in the atmosphere that remains stationary in a moving fluid. Mountain waves and lee waves are two standing waves normally encountered in flight. See mountain wave. ii. A stationary wave or wave pattern formed in a vibrating body (e.g.,… …   Aviation dictionary

  • standing wave — /stændɪŋ ˈweɪv/ (say standing wayv) noun 1. Also, stationary wave. Physics a distribution of wave displacements, such that the distribution in space is periodic, with fixed maximum and minimum points, with the maxima occurring everywhere at the… …   Australian English dictionary

  • standing wave — noun A wave form which occurs in a limited, fixed medium in such a way that the reflected wave coincides with the produced wave. A common example is the vibration of the strings on a musical stringed instrument. Syn: fixed wave, stationary wave …   Wiktionary

  • standing wave — noun a wave (as a sound wave in a chamber or an electromagnetic wave in a transmission line) in which the ratio of its instantaneous amplitude at one point to that at any other point does not vary with time • Syn: ↑stationary wave • Hypernyms:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • standing wave — stand′ing wave′ n. Physics. phs a wave in which each point on the wave has a constant amplitude, ranging from zero at the nodes to a maximum, equal to the amplitude of the wave, at the antinodes …   From formal English to slang

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