Updated: 07/31/2022 by Computer Hope

Wave may refer to any of the following:

1. Alternatively referred to as a waveform, a wave is the signal pattern, such as that generated by sound, that changes at regular intervals. Below is an example of an oscilloscope sine wave with descriptions of each of the wave components. The wave is a line that moves up and down and represents a frequency. The higher the frequency, the smaller the wavelength, and the lower the frequency, the greater the wavelength.

Oscilloscope wave

2. With Adobe Photoshop, Wave is the name of a filter. See our Photoshop Wave page for further information and examples of this filter.

3. When referring to a sound file, a wave is most often referring to a WAV.

Analog, Electronics terms, Frequency, Hertz, Oscillation, Sound terms, Square wave, WAV