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1 the distance (measured in the direction of propagation) between two points in the same phase in consecutive cycles of a wave
2 a shared orientation leading to mutual understanding; "they are on the same wavelength"

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From wave + length.


  • /ˈweɪvlɛŋθ/


  1. The length of a single cycle of a wave, as measured by the distance between one peak or trough of a wave and the next; it is often designated in physics as λ, and corresponds to the velocity of the wave divided by its frequency.


the length of a single cycle of a wave
  • Chinese: 波長
  • Czech: vlnová délka
  • Dutch: golflengte
  • Finnish: aallonpituus
  • French: longueur d'onde
  • German: Wellenlänge
  • Hebrew:
  • Portuguese: comprimento de onda
  • Spanish: longitud de onda
  • Swedish: våglängd
In physics wavelength is the distance between repeating units of a propagating wave of a given frequency. It is commonly designated by the Greek letter lambda (λ). Examples of wave-like phenomena are light, water waves, and sound waves.
wavelength in Arabic: طول الموجة
wavelength in Bulgarian: Дължина на вълната
wavelength in Breton: Hirder gwagenn
wavelength in Catalan: Longitud d'ona
wavelength in Czech: Vlnová délka
wavelength in Danish: Bølgelængde
wavelength in German: Wellenlänge
wavelength in Modern Greek (1453-): Μήκος κύματος
wavelength in Esperanto: Ondolongo
wavelength in Spanish: Longitud de onda
wavelength in Estonian: Lainepikkus
wavelength in Basque: Uhin-luzera
wavelength in Persian: طول موج
wavelength in Finnish: Aallonpituus
wavelength in French: Longueur d'onde
wavelength in Gujarati: તરંગલંબાઇ
wavelength in Hebrew: גל
wavelength in Hungarian: Hullámhossz
wavelength in Indonesian: Panjang gelombang
wavelength in Icelandic: Bylgjulengd
wavelength in Italian: Lunghezza d'onda
wavelength in Japanese: 波長
wavelength in Korean: 파장
wavelength in Lithuanian: Bangos ilgis
wavelength in Malay (macrolanguage): Panjang gelombang
wavelength in Low German: Bülgenläng
wavelength in Dutch: Golflengte
wavelength in Norwegian Nynorsk: Bølgjelengd
wavelength in Norwegian: Bølgelengde
wavelength in Polish: Długość fali
wavelength in Portuguese: Comprimento de onda
wavelength in Romanian: Lungime de undă
wavelength in Russian: Длина волны
wavelength in Simple English: Wavelength
wavelength in Slovak: Vlnová dĺžka
wavelength in Slovenian: Valovna dolžina
wavelength in Serbian: Таласна дужина
wavelength in Swedish: Våglängd
wavelength in Tamil: அலைநீளம்
wavelength in Thai: ความยาวคลื่น
wavelength in Ukrainian: Довжина хвилі
wavelength in Vietnamese: Bước sóng
wavelength in Chinese: 波长
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