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undulate

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Definition of undulate in English:

verb

Pronunciation: /ˈʌndjʊleɪt
 
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[no object]
1Move with a smooth wave-like motion: her body undulated to the thumping rhythm of the music
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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
More example sentences
  • 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.

adjective

Pronunciation: /ˈʌndjʊlət
 
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Botany & Zoology Back to top  
(Especially of a leaf) having a wavy surface or edge.

Origin

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

Derivatives

undulately

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • 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.

undulation

2
noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

undulatory

3
adjective
Example sentences
  • 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.

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