Definition of wave equation in US English:

wave equation


  • A differential equation expressing the properties of motion in waves.

    • ‘He retired in 1981 but at this time his work was concentrating on the theory of nonlinear wave equations.’
    • ‘Photons have the curious habit of sometimes acting like waves, so physicists figured it should be possible to describe what was going on using wave equations.’
    • ‘Therefore, it was reasonable to assume that a wave equation could explain the behaviour of atomic particles.’
    • ‘Photonics uses Maxwell's electromagnetic wave equations to analyze light in the same way that electronics applies Schrodinger's equations of quantum mechanics to analyze electrical currents.’
    • ‘The Klein-Gordon equation was the first relativistic wave equation.’


wave equation

/weɪv əˈkweɪʒən/