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Webster 1913 Edition


Frequency

Fre′quen-cy

,
Noun.
;
pl.
Frequencies
(#)
.
[L.
frequentia
numerous attendance, multitude: cf. F.
fréquence
. See
Frequent
.]
1.
The condition of returning frequently; occurrence often repeated; common occurence;
as, the
frequency
of crimes; the
frequency
of miracles.
The reasons that moved her to remove were, because Rome was a place of riot and luxury, her soul being almost stifled with, the
frequencies
of ladies’ visits.
Fuller.
2.
A crowd; a throng.
[Obs.]
B. Jonson.

Webster 1828 Edition


Frequency

FRE'QUENCY

, n.
1.
A return or occurrence of a thing often repeated at short intervals. The frequency of crimes abates our horror at the commission; the frequency of capital punishments tends to destroy their proper effect.
2.
A crowd; a throng. [Not used.]

Definition 2022


frequency

frequency

English

Noun

frequency (plural frequencies)

  1. (uncountable) The rate of occurrence of anything; the relationship between incidence and time period.
    • With growing confidence, the Viking’s raids increased in frequency.
    • The frequency of bus service has been improved from 15 to 12 minutes.
  2. (uncountable) The property of occurring often rather than infrequently.
    • The FAQ addresses questions that come up with some frequency.
    • The frequency of the visits was what annoyed him.
  3. (countable) The quotient of the number of times a periodic phenomenon occurs over the time in which it occurs: .
    • The frequency of the musical note A above middle C is 440 oscillations per second.
    • The frequency of a wave is its velocity divided by its wavelength : .
    • Broadcasting live at a frequency of 98.3 megahertz, we’re your rock alternative!
    • The frequency for electric power in the Americas is generally 60 Hz rather than 50.
  4. (statistics) number of times an event occurred in an experiment (absolute frequency)

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  • (rate of occurrence): period

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