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The number of waves per unit distance in a series of waves of a given wavelength; the reciprocal of the wavelength.
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(General Physics) physics the reciprocal of the wavelength of a wave. Symbol: ν or σ
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the number of waves in one centimeter of light in a given wavelength; the reciprocal of the wavelength.
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|Noun||1.||wave number - the reciprocal of the wavelength of a wave|
rydberg, rydberg constant, rydberg unit - a wave number characteristic of the wave spectrum of each element
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