Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cause to move in a smooth wavelike motion.
  • transitive v. To give a wavelike appearance or form to.
  • intransitive v. To move in waves or with a smooth, wavelike motion. See Synonyms at swing.
  • intransitive v. To have a wavelike appearance or form.
  • intransitive v. To increase and decrease in volume or pitch as if in waves.
  • adj. Having a wavy outline or appearance: leaves with undulate margins.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cause to move in a wavelike motion.
  • v. To cause to resemble a wave
  • v. To move in wavelike motions.
  • v. To appear wavelike.
  • adj. Wavy in appearance or form.
  • adj. Changing the pitch and volume of one's voice.
  • adj. Winding up and down gradually relative to the blade.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Same as undulated.
  • intransitive v. To move in, or have, undulations or waves; to vibrate; to wave.
  • transitive v. To cause to move backward and forward, or up and down, in undulations or waves; to cause to vibrate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Wavy; having a waved surface.
  • To have a wavy motion; rise and fall in waves; move in waves.
  • Synonyms Waver, etc. See fluctuate.
  • To cause to wave, or move in waves; cause to vibrate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having a wavy margin and rippled surface
  • v. stir up (water) so as to form ripples
  • v. move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion
  • v. occur in soft rounded shapes
  • v. increase and decrease in volume or pitch, as if in waves

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From Late Latin undula, small wave, diminutive of Latin unda, wave; see wed-1 in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Late Latin undulātus ("undulated"), from *undula ("small wave"), diminutive of Latin unda ("wave").

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  • A wavy word, with "d", "l" and "t" rising above the surface.

    December 1, 2007