from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A change in the observed frequency of a wave, as of sound or light, occurring when the source and observer are in motion relative to each other, with the frequency increasing when the source and observer approach each other and decreasing when they move apart. The motion of the source causes a real shift in frequency of the wave, while the motion of the observer produces only an apparent shift in frequency.
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- noun The apparent change in
frequencyor wavelengthof a wave that is perceived by an observermoving relativeto the source of the waves.
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- noun change in the apparent frequency of a wave as observer and source move toward or away from each other
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[After Christian Andreas Doppler, (1803–1853), Austrian physicist and mathematician who explained the phenomenon.]
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From Johann Christian Andreas Doppler, the scientist who first proposed this effect.
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