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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.’
- ‘This is important because a long wavelength means that the sound wave can pass around barriers, like rocks, easily.’
- ‘Unfortunately, Earth's atmosphere blocks almost all wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum.’
- ‘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.’
- 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’
- ‘I think the President was on the same wavelength.’
- ‘You could go up to a stranger and know they were on the same wavelength.’
- ‘In many ways, this being on the same wavelength makes for easy and fluent conversation.’
- ‘I've got a certain way of interviewing players to see if they are on the same wavelength.’
- ‘‘We had a few laughs and found we were very much on the same wavelength,’ says Currie.’
- ‘Captain Ed and I are 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.’
- ‘Convincing people with money to make the movie is difficult enough, but getting them on the same wavelength as the filmmaker is almost impossible.’
- ‘I think I'm on the same wavelength as many of them.’
- ‘He didn't seem to be on the same wavelength as we were, or anyone else in the pub for that matter.’
- ‘Right from the word go, he was on the same wavelength as his young guest.’
- ‘Of course, sometimes we have arguments about things, but we're always on the same wavelength.’
- ‘In this the United States and Saudi Arabia, with its considerable oil revenues, were on the same wavelength.’
- ‘But soon she found that she and Giles were pretty much on the same wavelength.’
- ‘Maybe he should call a meeting with is chosen henchmen and discuss the plan, because they are not working on the same wavelength here.’
- ‘‘Most problems are a result of misunderstandings where partners are not operating on the same wavelength,’ said Barrie.’
- ‘He is bursting with ideas and characters and energy and just wants to see if you are on the same wavelength.’
- ‘When you're on the same wavelength, the two of you are unstoppable.’
- ‘We are on the same wavelength and had a lot of fun over the first two days.’
- ‘‘Dave and Andy are much more on the same wavelength,’ he says.’
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