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waveform

A presentation or display of the instantaneous amplitude of a signal as a function of time. A vibration waveform can be observed on an oscilloscope in the time base mode. (Bentley Nevada Corporation; Field of Rotating Machinery Measurement, Monitoring and Analysis)

Characteristic shape of a wave; helps determine timbre. [Friend, David; Learning Music with Synthesizers; Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation, 1974]

See Also

9.31 - Oscillatory Motion creating Waveforms
Figure 8.14 - Some Basic Waveforms and their constituent Aliquot Parts

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