- To undulate is to move in a gentle, rolling, wave-like motion.
When the ocean current gently moves with the breeze, this is an example of undulate.
- to cause to move in waves
- to give a wavy form, margin, or surface to
Origin: from Classical Latin undulatus, undulated from an unverified form undula, diminutive of unda, a wave: see water
- to move in or as in waves; move sinuously
- to have a wavy form, margin, or surface
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verb un·du·lat·ed, un·du·lat·ing, un·du·lates verb, transitive
- To cause to move in a smooth wavelike motion.
- To give a wavelike appearance or form to.
- To move in waves or with a smooth, wavelike motion. See Synonyms at swing.
- To have a wavelike appearance or form.
- To increase and decrease in volume or pitch as if in waves.
Origin: From Late Latin undula, small wave, diminutive of Latin unda, wave; see wed-1 in Indo-European roots.
- unˈdu·la·toˌry adjective