One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Not periodic; irregular.‘aperiodic fluctuations’
irregular, uneven, varying, variable, erratic, jerky, unreliable, volatile, spasmodic, sporadic, changeable, changing, fluctuating, wavering, vacillating, inconstant, intermittent, fitful, desultory, occasional, unsystematicView synonyms
- ‘Although the tiling is mainly periodic, a few tiles have been placed differently from the others, wrecking the periodicity; the whole tiling is aperiodic.’
- ‘In describing this ‘Australasia’ as marked by an impoverished geology and the aperiodic occurrence of el ninos, Flannery tells a morality tale about what happens when life forms exceed the limits of their environment.’
- ‘It was a very near facsimile of an aperiodic pattern he had created twenty years ago.’
- ‘The activation of the pair-rule genes by the gap genes results in the transformation of the embryonic pattern along the antero-posterior axis from an aperiodic regionalization to a periodic one.’
- ‘With respect to the former, suggested population dynamics of cannibals include a variety of regimes such as equilibrium, periodic cycles, aperiodic cycles, and chaotic dynamics.’
- ‘By extracting information from noisy, aperiodic and intermittent signals, wavelet transforms are making an impact in medicine, astronomy, imaging and beyond’
- ‘Partial aperiodic reinforcement, for example, evokes a rather more persistent response than one might expect, though Skinner would scoff at interpreting such persistence as hope springing eternal.’
- 1.1Physics Denoting a potentially oscillating or vibrating system (such as an instrument with a pointer) that is damped to prevent oscillation or vibration.
- ‘Aperiodic damping is obtained by means of an aluminium vane.’
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