Wavelength

Pronunciation: /ˈweɪvˌlɛŋkθ/ ?

Diagram showing the measurement of a wavelength from crest to crest.
Figure 1: Diagram showing the measurement of a wavelength from crest to crest.

Wavelength is the distance from the crest to crest of a wave. This word is used mainly in the context of physics. In math contexts, we use the term period instead. Figure 1 shows the measurement of a wavelength.

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2008-03-11: Clarified usage of wavelength (McAdams, David.)
2007-07-12: Initial version (McAdams, David.)

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