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.
- ‘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 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).’
- ‘The most powerful telescopes in the world, spanning all wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum, were retooled and reprogrammed to observe the dying star.’
- ‘Visible light consists of a ‘rainbow’ or spectrum of electromagnetic waves of different wavelengths.’
- 1.1 A wavelength as a distinctive feature of radio waves from a transmitter.
channel, broadcasting organizationView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘The transmitter generates low FM signals, which have a long wavelength, considerably longer than the circuit board itself.’
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’
- ‘He didn't seem to be on the same wavelength as we were, or anyone else in the pub for that matter.’
- ‘He is bursting with ideas and characters and energy and just wants to see if you are on the same wavelength.’
- ‘Captain Ed and I are on the same wavelength!’
- ‘‘Dave and Andy are much more on the same wavelength,’ he says.’
- ‘‘Most problems are a result of misunderstandings where partners are not operating on the same wavelength,’ said Barrie.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Right from the word go, he was on the same wavelength as his young guest.’
- ‘In this the United States and Saudi Arabia, with its considerable oil revenues, were on the same wavelength.’
- ‘I've got a certain way of interviewing players to see if they are on the same wavelength.’
- ‘Convincing people with money to make the movie is difficult enough, but getting them on the same wavelength as the filmmaker is almost impossible.’
- ‘‘We had a few laughs and found we were very much on the same wavelength,’ says Currie.’
- ‘We are on the same wavelength and had a lot of fun over the first two days.’
- ‘I think I'm on the same wavelength as many of them.’
- ‘Maybe he should call a meeting with is chosen henchmen and discuss the plan, because they are not working on the same wavelength here.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Of course, sometimes we have arguments about things, but we're always on the same wavelength.’
- ‘I think the President was on the same wavelength.’
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