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Definitions for undulate
ˈʌn dʒəˌleɪt, ˈʌn dyə-, -də-; -lɪt, -ˌleɪtun·du·late

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. undulateverb

    having a wavy margin and rippled surface

  2. ripple, ruffle, riffle, cockle, undulateverb

    stir up (water) so as to form ripples

  3. roll, undulateverb

    occur in soft rounded shapes

    "The hills rolled past"

  4. roll, undulate, flap, waveverb

    move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion

    "The curtains undulated"; "the waves rolled towards the beach"

  5. undulateverb

    increase and decrease in volume or pitch, as if in waves

    "The singer's voice undulated"


  1. undulateverb

    To cause to move in a wavelike motion.

  2. undulateverb

    To cause to resemble a wave

  3. undulateverb

    To move in wavelike motions.

  4. undulateverb

    To appear wavelike.

  5. undulateadjective

    Wavy in appearance or form.

  6. undulateadjective

    Changing the pitch and volume of one's voice.

  7. undulateadjective

    Winding up and down gradually relative to the blade.

  8. Etymology: From undulatus, from *, diminutive of unda.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Undulateverb

    To drive backward and forward; to make to play as waves.

    Etymology: from undulo, Lat.

    Breath vocalized, i. e. vibrated and undulated, may in a different manner affect the lips, or tongue, or palate, and impress a swift, tremulous motion, which breath alone passing smooth doth not. William Holder, Elements of Speech.

  2. To Undulateverb

    To play as waves in curls.

    Through undulating air the sounds are sent,
    And spread o’er all the fluid element. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Undulateadjective

    same as Undulated

  2. Undulateverb

    to cause to move backward and forward, or up and down, in undulations or waves; to cause to vibrate

  3. Undulateverb

    to move in, or have, undulations or waves; to vibrate; to wave; as, undulating air

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Undulate

    un′dū-lāt, v.t. to wave, or to move like waves: to cause to vibrate.—v.i. to wave: to vibrate.—adj. wavy.—adj. Un′dulant, undulating.—adv. Un′dulātely.—adj. Un′dulāting.—adv. Un′dulātingly.—ns. Undulā′tion, an undulating: a waving motion or vibration: waviness, a set of waved lines: a feeling as if of an undulatory motion about the heart: the peculiar motion of the matter within an abscess on being pressed when it is ripe for opening; Undulā′tionist, one who holds an undulatory theory.—adjs. Un′dulātive, undulatory; Un′dulātory, moving like waves: relating to the theory of light which considers its transmission as wave-motion in a medium filling space; Un′dulose, Un′dulous, undulating. [Low L. undulāre, -ātum—L. unda, a wave.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of undulate in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of undulate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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  • wellenförmig bewegen, wogen, schlängeln, ondulieren, wellen, schwingen, sich wellenförmig bewegen, undulieren, wallen, wiegenGerman
  • ondear, ondulado, ondularSpanish
  • ondoyer, ondulerFrench
  • 흔들다, 흔들리다Korean
  • māpunaMāori
  • bølget, bølgeNorwegian
  • zafalować, falujący, falisty, falować, pofałdowanyPolish
  • волни́стый, волнообра́зныйRussian
  • vzvalovatiSlovene
  • böljaSwedish
  • dalgalandırmak, dalgalanma, dalgalanmakTurkish

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