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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.
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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
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undulatory

[ˈʌndjʊlətərɪ] ADJondulatorio
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undulatory

adj movementwellenförmig
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This jogging motion is distinguished from the undulatory movement of fluid in the pericardium, both by its nature, by the exact synchronism of the jogs with the sounds, and by the feeling that the heart, at each systole, comes in immediate contact with the thoracic walls.
Relict quartz porphyroclasts underwent ductile deformation indicate sweeping and undulatory extinction.