Definition of undulate in English:

undulate

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1Move with a smooth wavelike motion.

    ‘her body undulated to the thumping rhythm of the music’
    • ‘Some of them had steep, smooth walls that plunged into the sandy bottom, others undulated downwards.’
    • ‘You can almost see her seductive smile as she slows her dance until only her hips move, body undulating in place.’
    • ‘We undulated, we flowed, and if we didn't make it, it's not like we were missing anything.’
    • ‘Between us was a sea of bodies, heaving and undulating in waves, to the bar, back again, to the bar.’
    • ‘You feel nothing except the snow undulating and moving beneath you.’
    • ‘The plesiosaur, being a reptile, wouldn't undulate but move from side to side.’
    • ‘The sidewalk between the beach and road undulates with a wavelike pattern in black and white stone.’
    • ‘As your body undulates with a powerful underwater dolphin, make sure your energy is directed forward by keeping the hands and arms as level as possible.’
    • ‘Will pumped his hands into the air and his body undulated.’
    • ‘The hay fields surrounding the old farmhouse undulated in the wild, untamed wind like green ocean waves.’
    • ‘Most fish swim by laterally undulating or oscillating their body and propulsive caudal fin.’
    • ‘The future, although it flows in one direction, undulates with possibility.’
    • ‘The bridge's roadway undulates gently at first, then abruptly starts heaving and twisting violently until it finally breaks apart.’
    • ‘The camera pulls further away, and the sea undulates in a deadly swell with the tiny dot of a man slicing through the center.’
    • ‘Its metallic waves seemed to nearly undulate off the page.’
    • ‘A minor shock wave undulated through me as I wondered how I could have possibly been out of it that long.’
    • ‘The skies were clear, the horizons were infinite, the landscape rolled and undulated for miles in every direction.’
    • ‘The serviceable track undulates and crosses many gullies, the trees are thinned, you can see out north over pretty fields, tightly bound by the curving wooded escarpment.’
    • ‘The dragon's serpentine body undulated like cloth in a fierce wind, nearly knocking Doriel off twice.’
    • ‘Her face muscles contorted, her eyes turned black and her body began to undulate like a snake.’
    rise and fall, surge, wave, billow, roll, swell, ripple, heave, flow, wind, swing, whirl, wobble, oscillate
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    1. 1.1usually adjective undulating Have a wavy form or outline.
      ‘delightful views over undulating countryside’
      • ‘With its saturated colors and full, undulating rhythms, the mural is like a flower springing out of a crack in a concrete wall.’
      • ‘But for now he is content with the long fairways and undulating greens of the Concord Club.’
      • ‘Many of the dull, computerised fight scenes take place on undulating lawns, set against a bright blue sky.’
      • ‘She takes out a photograph, shot on the last day of filming, in the gently undulating Galloway hills.’
      • ‘The suspension felt solid at lower speeds but I felt it wallow rather a lot on undulating country roads at speed.’
      • ‘The path goes for almost four miles through undulating moorland with no views of the sea and you pass several lochans, where divers nest in the summer.’
      • ‘It certainly has high, undulating fairways, large greens and high rough and the bunkering is also quite extreme.’
      • ‘This is undulating country and for part of the way the road follows the Grey River.’
      • ‘Unable to return to work he spent his final days in the peaceful, undulating fields of the Chilterns.’
      • ‘A contemporary twist on African movements such as undulating torso and hips and stomping feet were evident.’
      • ‘For most riders, 10 to 13 miles of flat or undulating road will do the trick.’
      • ‘The front legs of rococo chairs were undulating symphonies of curves and counter-curves.’
      • ‘His paintings often feature undulating horizons of rows of low hills, curves of muddy roads and snowdrifts, and patterns made by ploughed farmland.’
      • ‘If the course is removed, he believes it will be difficult to find another site with the bushes, trees and undulating terrain required.’
      • ‘It's like a rickety house, with undulating floorboards and windows sloping down to one side.’
      • ‘I saw green, undulating hills adorned with bamboo wisps, deep valleys, and limestone caves.’
      • ‘There are no picturesque, undulating hills of golden sand.’
      • ‘There will be another 80 km section over undulating country running down to Kei Mouth after the Morgan Bay turnoff.’
      • ‘Heading out of town the first thing you notice are lush fields and undulating green hills.’
      • ‘The layout covers undulating hills and dramatic elevation changes and will feature native grasses and stands of pine trees.’

adjective

Zoology Botany
  • (especially of a leaf) having a wavy surface or edge.

Origin

Mid 17th century: from late Latin undulatus, from Latin unda ‘a wave’.

Pronunciation

undulate

/ˈəndʒəˌleɪt/