undulate




Undulate means to move in a wave-like pattern. If a sound increases and decreases in pitch or volume like waves, you can say the sound is undulating. When searching for the lost boy, the rescuers’ cries undulated through the forest.

The verb undulate comes from the Latin word undula, which means “wavelet” (unda means “wave”). So any action shown with the verb undulate has that waving sense to it. If something moves in a wavy, pattern, for example, it is said to undulate. The wind might cause prairie grass to undulate, or music might cause hips to undulate.

Definitions of undulate
  1. verb

    move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion

    “The curtains
    undulated
    synonyms:
    flap, roll, wave
    see moresee less

    types:

    luff

    flap when the wind is blowing equally on both sides
    type of:

    move

    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

  2. verb

    stir up (water) so as to form ripples

    synonyms:
    cockle, riffle, ripple, ruffle
    see moresee less

    type of:

    flow, flux

    move or progress freely as if in a stream

  3. verb

    increase and decrease in volume or pitch, as if in waves

    “The singer’s voice
    undulated
    see moresee less

    type of:

    change

    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one’s or its original nature

  4. verb

    occur in soft rounded shapes

    synonyms:
    roll

  5. adjective

    having a wavy margin and rippled surface

    Synonyms:

    smooth

    of the margin of a leaf shape; not broken up into teeth

Word Family