# Fourier series

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## Fourier series

*n.*

An infinite series whose terms are constants multiplied by sine and cosine functions and that can, if uniformly convergent, approximate a wide variety of functions.

[After Baron Jean Baptiste Joseph

**Fourier**.]## Fourier series

*n*

(Mathematics) an infinite trigonometric series of the form

*a*0 +*a*1cos*x*+*b*1sin*x*+*a*2cos 2*x*+*b*2sin 2*x*+ …, where*a*0,*a*1,*b*1,*a*2,*b*2 … are the**Fourier coefficients**. It is used, esp in mathematics and physics, to represent or approximate any periodic function by assigning suitable values to the coefficients## Fou′rier se`ries

*n.*

an infinite series that approximates a given function on a specified domain by using linear combinations of sines and cosines.

[1875–80; see Fourier analysis]

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Noun | 1. | Fourier series - the sum of a series of trigonometric expressions; used in the analysis of periodic functionsseries - (mathematics) the sum of a finite or infinite sequence of expressions |

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