undulate VERB 1) move with a smooth wave-like motion. 2) have a wavy form or outline.
DERIVATIVES undulation noun undulatory adjective.
ORIGIN from Latin undulatus, from unda 'a wave' .

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  • Undulate — Un du*late, a. [L. undulatus undulated, wavy, a dim. from unda a wave; cf. AS. ??, Icel. unnr; perhaps akin to E. water. Cf. {Abound}, {Inundate}, {Redound}, {Surround}.] Same as {Undulated}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Undulate — Un du*late, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Undulated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Undulating}.] To cause to move backward and forward, or up and down, in undulations or waves; to cause to vibrate. [1913 Webster] Breath vocalized, that is, vibrated and undulated.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Undulate — Un du*late, v. i. To move in, or have, undulations or waves; to vibrate; to wave; as, undulating air. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • undulate — index beat (pulsate), circuitous, oscillate, vacillate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • undulate — (v.) 1660s, from UNDULATION (Cf. undulation). Related: undulated, undulating …   Etymology dictionary

  • undulate — waver, *swing, sway, oscillate, vibrate, fluctuate, pendulate Analogous words: *pulsate, pulse, beat, throb, palpitate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • undulate — [v] rise and fall billow, flow, heave, oscillate, ripple, roll, surge, swell, swing, wave, wobble; concept 146 …   New thesaurus

  • undulate — [un′jə lāt΄, un′dyəlāt΄; ] for adj. [, un′dyəlit, un′jəlāt΄, un′dyəlāt΄] vt. undulated, undulating [< L undulatus, undulated < * undula, dim. of unda, a wave: see WATER] 1. to cause to move in waves 2. to give a wavy form, margin, or… …   English World dictionary

  • Undulate — To have a wavy border or form. Also, to rise and fall like a wave. For example, the border of a wound may undulate, as may the edge of a rash. And sound waves may undulate. The word undulate comes from the Latin undula which is the diminutive of… …   Medical dictionary

  • undulate — UK [ˈʌndjʊleɪt] / US [ˈʌndʒəˌleɪt] verb [intransitive] Word forms undulate : present tense I/you/we/they undulate he/she/it undulates present participle undulating past tense undulated past participle undulated mainly literary to move gently up… …   English dictionary

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