Definition of undulate in English:


Line breaks: un¦du|late


Pronunciation: /ˈʌndjʊleɪt
[no object]
  • 1Move with a smooth wave-like motion: her body undulated to the thumping rhythm of the music
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    • You can almost see her seductive smile as she slows her dance until only her hips move, body undulating in place.
    • Between us was a sea of bodies, heaving and undulating in waves, to the bar, back again, to the bar.
    • The sidewalk between the beach and road undulates with a wavelike pattern in black and white stone.
    rise and fall, surge, wave, billow, roll, swell, ripple, heave, flow, wind, swing, whirl, wobble, oscillate
  • 1.1 (usually as adjective undulating) Have a wavy form or outline: delightful views over undulating countryside
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    • The path goes for almost four miles through undulating moorland with no views of the sea and you pass several lochans, where divers nest in the summer.
    • The front legs of rococo chairs were undulating symphonies of curves and counter-curves.
    • This is undulating country and for part of the way the road follows the Grey River.


Pronunciation: /ˈʌndjʊlət
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  • (Especially of a leaf) having a wavy surface or edge.



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  • The leaves are ovate to oblong, 5 to 8 centimeters long, and pointed at both ends, with subentire or undulately toothed or lobed margins.
  • The mid lobe is 1.6 cm wide, thick, fleshy, and its margins are undulately crisped.


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  • But the police say the road is a 40 mph zone for safety reasons as it has curves, undulations and several sets of traffic lights.
  • Wet roads or dry, the car grips very well on corners and undulations in the road do not throw it off-line.
  • It's a track I enjoy, particularly because of its high speed corners and undulations.


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  • This overall morphological simplicity, in theory, makes tadpoles good models for exploring how vertebrates control undulatory movements.
  • Regional and temporal variation in bending moments and power production have also been predicted to occur during steady undulatory swimming in fish.
  • However, their vertebral structure appears to have retained the primitive undulatory movement of the axial column.


mid 17th century: from late Latin undulatus, from Latin unda 'a wave'.

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