One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The distance between successive crests of a wave, especially points in a sound wave or electromagnetic wave.
- ‘Visible light consists of a ‘rainbow’ or spectrum of electromagnetic waves of different wavelengths.’
- ‘The wavelengths of the radio waves emitted by the pulsar are lengthened as a result of the effects of the gravitational field of the companion star (gravitational redshift).’
- ‘Unfortunately, Earth's atmosphere blocks almost all wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum.’
- ‘This is important because a long wavelength means that the sound wave can pass around barriers, like rocks, easily.’
- ‘The most powerful telescopes in the world, spanning all wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum, were retooled and reprogrammed to observe the dying star.’
- 1.1 A wavelength as a distinctive feature of radio waves from a transmitter.
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- ‘The transmitter generates low FM signals, which have a long wavelength, considerably longer than the circuit board itself.’
- ‘The BBC had spread its music programming across its various wavelengths, but the late 1960s and the 1970s saw a movement for stations to be subject-specific.’
2A person's ideas and way of thinking, especially as it affects their ability to communicate with others.‘when we met we hit it off immediately—we're on the same wavelength’
- ‘I think I'm on the same wavelength as many of them.’
- ‘‘Dave and Andy are much more on the same wavelength,’ he says.’
- ‘Convincing people with money to make the movie is difficult enough, but getting them on the same wavelength as the filmmaker is almost impossible.’
- ‘Generally you have to do what the director thinks and very rarely do you find a director who is on the same wavelength as you.’
- ‘I think the President was on the same wavelength.’
- ‘Captain Ed and I are on the same wavelength!’
- ‘He is bursting with ideas and characters and energy and just wants to see if you are on the same wavelength.’
- ‘In this the United States and Saudi Arabia, with its considerable oil revenues, were on the same wavelength.’
- ‘‘Most problems are a result of misunderstandings where partners are not operating on the same wavelength,’ said Barrie.’
- ‘I've got a certain way of interviewing players to see if they are on the same wavelength.’
- ‘Right from the word go, he was on the same wavelength as his young guest.’
- ‘Maybe he should call a meeting with is chosen henchmen and discuss the plan, because they are not working on the same wavelength here.’
- ‘But soon she found that she and Giles were pretty much on the same wavelength.’
- ‘When you're on the same wavelength, the two of you are unstoppable.’
- ‘In many ways, this being on the same wavelength makes for easy and fluent conversation.’
- ‘You could go up to a stranger and know they were on the same wavelength.’
- ‘He didn't seem to be on the same wavelength as we were, or anyone else in the pub for that matter.’
- ‘‘We had a few laughs and found we were very much on the same wavelength,’ says Currie.’
- ‘Of course, sometimes we have arguments about things, but we're always on the same wavelength.’
- ‘We are on the same wavelength and had a lot of fun over the first two days.’
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