shear wave mowj-e karni Fr.: onde de cisaillement A wave that occurs in an elastic medium with the disturbances perpendicular to the direction of motion of the wave. Shear waves do not propagate through a fluid. Also called S-wave, secondary wave, and transverse wave. |
shock wave mowj-e toš, ~ šok Fr.: onde de choc A narrow region of abrupt, nearly discontinuous change in the physical characteristics of a medium in which the flow of a fluid changes from subsonic to supersonic. Across a shock wave there is always an extremely rapid rise in pressure, temperature, and density of the fluid. |
sine wave mowj-e sinusi (#) Fr.: onde sinusoïdale A periodic oscillation that is defined by the function y = sin x. |
sound wave mowj-e sedâ (#) Fr.: onde sonore A → longitudinal wave which when striking the ear gives rise to the sensation of sound. Such waves can be propagated in solids, liquids, and gases. The material particles transmitting sound waves oscillate in the direction of propagation of the wave itself. There is a large range of frequencies within which longitudinal waves can stimulate the human ear and brain to the sensation of hearing. This range is from about 20 → Hz to about 20,000 Hz and is called the audible range. → ultrasound; → infrasound. |
square wave mowj-e câruš Fr.: onde carrée An oscillation which alternatively assumes, for equal lengths of time, one or two fixed values. |
standing wave mowj-e istân Fr.: onde stationnaire A wave produced by the simultaneous transmission of two similar wave motions in opposite directions. Same as stationary wave. Standing verbal adjective from stand, cognate with Pers. istâdan, as below; → wave. Istân pr.p. of istâdan "to stand;" Mid.Pers. êstâtan; O.Pers./Av. sta- "to stand, stand still; set;" Av. hištaiti; cf. Skt. sthâ- "to stand;" Gk. histemi "put, place, weigh," stasis "a standing still;" L. stare "to stand;" Lith. statau "place;" O.N. standa, Goth. standan, O.H.G. stantan, Swed. stå, Du. staan, Ger. stehen; O.E. standan; PIE base *sta- "to stand;" mowj, → wave. |
stationary wave mowj-e istvar Fr.: onde stationnaire Same as → standing wave. → stationary; → wave. |
submillimeter wave mowj-e zir-milimetri Fr.: onde sub-millimétrique An electromagnetic wave having wavelengths less than one millimeter (frequencies greater than 300 gigahertz). → millimeter; → wave. |
transverse wave mowj-e tarâgozar Fr.: onde transversale A wave in which the vibration or displacement takes place in a plane at right angles to the direction of propagation of the wave; e.g. electromagnetic radiation. → longitudinal wave. → transverse; → wave. |
wave mowj (#) Fr.: onde 1) General: A raised ridge-shaped formation moving across the surface of a
liquid (as of the sea). M.E. waw; O.E. wagian "to move to and fro," wafian "to wave with the hands" (cf. O.N. vafra "to hover about," M.H.G. waben "to wave, undulate"). Mowj, loan from Ar. mauj. |
wave collapse rombeš-e mowj Fr.: effondremenr d'onde In the → Copenhagen Interpretation of → quantum mechanics, the change undergone by the → wave function of a particle when a measurement is performed on the particle. The wave function collapses to one that has a definite value for the quantity measured. If the → position of the matter wave is measured, it collapses to a localized → pulse. If → momentum is measured, it collapses to a wave with a definite momentum. Same as → collapse of the wave function. |
wave equation hamugeš-e mowj Fr.: équation d'onde The partial differential equation ∂^{2}U / ∂^{2}x + ∂^{2}U / ∂^{2}y + ∂^{2}U / ∂^{2}z = (1/c^{2}) ∂^{2}U / ∂^{2}t or its counterparts in one or two dimensions or in other coordinates, the solution of which represents the propagation of displacementU as waves with velocity c. |
wave function karyâ-ye mowj Fr.: fonction d'onde In → quantum mechanics, the function of space and time that satisfies → Schrodinger equation. The square of the modulus of its amplitude at any point represents the probability of finding a particle there. → wave; → function. |
wave mechanics mekânik-e mowji (#) Fr.: mécanique ondulatoire One of the forms of quantum mechanics, due to Louis de Broglie and extended by E. Schrödinger. It originated in the suggestion that light consists of corpuscles as well as of waves and the consequent suggestion that all elementary particles are associated with waves. |
wave nature zâstâr-e mowji Fr.: nature ondulatoire A general term to describe → light involving the following phenomena: → reflection, → refraction, → interference, → diffraction, and → polarization. Compare → particle nature. |
wave number adad-e mowj (#) Fr.: nombre d'onde The reciprocal of → wavelength, which represents the number of waves per unit length. Wave number is often defined as k = 2π/λ. Same as → propagation number. |
wave optics nurik-e mowji Fr.: optique ondulatoire The branch of optics that analyzes the electromagnetic radiation in terms of its wave characteristics. Also called → physical optics. |
wave packet baste-ye mowj (#) Fr.: paquet d'onde A traveling → waveform consisting of the → superposition of several → waves of different → wavelengths and → phases. → wave; packet from M.E. pak "bundle" + diminutive suffix -et; maybe from M.Fr. pacquet. Basté "packet," literally "bound, tied; set," p.p. of bastan "to form, bind, tie" (Mid.Pers. bastan/vastan "to bind, shut;" Av./O.Pers. band- "to bind, fetter," banda- "band, tie;" cf. Skt. bandh- "to bind, tie, fasten;" Ger. binden; E. bind; PIE base *bhendh- "to bind"). |
wave plate tiqe-ye mowj (#) Fr.: lame à retard An optical element that retards the phase of one plane of vibration of light relative to the plane at right angles. The two beams then recombine to form a single beam with new polarization characteristics. A typical wave plate is a birefringent crystal with a carefully chosen orientation and thickness. Also known as → retardation plate. A → half-wave plate creates a half-wave retardation. See also → quarter-wave plate. |
wave theory of light negare-ye mowji-ye nur Fr.: théorie ondulatoire de la lumière The theory that describes light as waves that spread out from the source that generates the light. It contradicts the → corpuscular theory of light proposed by Newton (1704). The idea of the wave nature of light was first put forward by Robert Hooke (1660). The wave theory was originally stated by Huygens (1690), who showed reflection and refraction could be explained by this theory. It was supported by → Young's experiment (1802) and established by the work of Fresnel (1814-1815). The wave theory received its most important support from Maxwell's → electromagnetic theory. See also → Huygens-Fresnel principle. |