# wave equation

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## wave equation

*n.*

**1.**A differential or partial differential equation used to represent wave motion.

**2.**The fundamental equation of wave mechanics.

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## wave equation

*n*

(General Physics)

*physics*a partial differential equation describing wave motion. It has the form ∇^{2}φ = (1/*c*^{2}) × (∂^{2}φ/∂*t*^{2}), where ∇^{2}is the Laplace operator,*t*the time,*c*the speed of propagation, and φ is a function characterizing the displacement of the waveCollins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

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Noun | 1. | wave equation - a differential equation that describes the passage of harmonic waves through a mediumdifferential equation - an equation containing differentials of a function |

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