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undulate
undulate leaf

un·du·late

 (ŭn′jə-lāt′, ŭn′dyə-, -də-)
v. un·du·lat·ed, un·du·lat·ing, un·du·lates
v.intr.
1. To move in waves or with a smooth, wavelike motion: "gleaming seaweed that curls and undulates with the tide" (Willa Cather).
2. To have a wavelike appearance or form: dunes that undulate toward the sea.
3. To increase and decrease in volume or pitch.
v.tr.
1. To cause to move in a smooth wavelike motion: The dancer undulated her hips.
2. To give a wavelike appearance or form to: The rock strata are undulated.
adj. (-lĭt, -lāt′)
Having a wavy outline or appearance: leaves with undulate margins.

[From Late Latin undula, small wave, diminutive of Latin unda, wave; see wed- in Indo-European roots.]

un′du·la·to′ry (-lə-tôr′ē) adj.

undulatory

(ˈʌndjʊlətərɪ; -trɪ)
adj
1. caused by or characterized by waves or undulations
2. having a wavelike motion or form
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Adj.1.undulatory - resembling waves in form or outline or motion
Translations

undulatory

[ˈʌndjʊlətərɪ] ADJondulatorio

undulatory

adj movementwellenförmig
References in classic literature ?
She trilled along, and trilled along, and presently a handsome young page, clothed like the rainbow, and as easy and undulatory of movement as a wave, came with something on a golden salver, and, kneeling to present it to her, overdid his graces and lost his balance, and so fell lightly against her knee.
The twins made mental note that he was smooth-faced and rather handsome, and smooth and undulatory in his movements--graceful, in fact.
Already, for half a year or longer, Bell had known the correct theory of the telephone; but he had not realized that the feeble undulatory current generated by a magnet was strong enough for the transmission of speech.
Man lives by pulses; our organic movements are such; and the chemical and ethereal agents are undulatory and alternate; and the mind goes antagonizing on, and never prospers but by fits.
Cobwebs were in the angles of the walls and depended from the ceiling like strips of rotting lace, making undulatory movements in the disturbed air.
Yet in North America there are woodpeckers which feed largely on fruit, and others with elongated wings which chase insects on the wing; and on the plains of La Plata, where not a tree grows, there is a woodpecker, which in every essential part of its organisation, even in its colouring, in the harsh tone of its voice, and undulatory flight, told me plainly of its close blood-relationship to our common species; yet it is a woodpecker which never climbs a tree!
Their flight is undulatory, for the weight of the head and bill appears too great for the body.
She adopted that easy attitude not in order to watch or gloat over the body of Mr Verloc, but because of the undulatory and swinging movements of the parlour, which for some time behaved as though it were at sea in a tempest.
Quartz is generally clear, with sweeping, undulatory extinction and irregular randomly orientated fractures.
There is also the supposition that corpuscular and undulatory descriptions correspond to real aspects of subatomic particles; and something similar applies to any model whatsoever.
If we could play God and create an undulatory swimmer, how stiff should its body be?