One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person or thing that wiggles or causes something to wiggle.
- ‘It's this number that Marilyn does and she wasn't much of a dancer, she's just a wiggler.’
- 1.1Physics A magnet designed to make a beam of particles in an accelerator follow a sinusoidal path, in order to increase the amount of radiation they produce.
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- ‘As electrons used to create the laser beam are steered from the linear accelerator around a curve to a wiggler where the laser beam is produced, the electrons give off t-rays.’
- ‘In addition to steering and focusing magnets, the storage ring also contains undulator and wiggler magnets - collectively called insertion devices.’
- ‘The advent of the third-generation synchrotron radiation facilities, featured by insertion devices such as undulators and wigglers, is fundamentally changing this situation.’
- ‘The wiggler converts the electron beam power into laser light.’
- ‘He has consulted at most of the storage ring projects around the world, many of which have installed Halbach design undulators and wigglers.’
- 1.2US dialect An earthworm.
- ‘Okay, here goes,’ he says, swallowing an inch-long wiggler.’
- 1.3US informal A mosquito larva.
- ‘Larvae, also known as wigglers, are tiny, pale and move very fast on the surface of water, says May.’
- ‘As summer advances, the proportion of feathers in the gumbo increases, and so does the flotsam of shed skins of mosquito wigglers and dragonflies and frogs, and the floating corpses of minnows, tadpoles, and crabs.’
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