Etymology
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spray (n.2)
"water blown by waves," 1620s, from spray (v.).
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undulate (v.)
"to move in waves," 1660s, back-formation from undulation. Related: undulated, undulating.
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fluctuant (adj.)
"moving like a wave," 1550s, from Latin fluctuantem (nominative fluctuans), present participle of fluctuare "to move in waves" (see fluctuation).
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billow (v.)
"to rise or roll in large waves," 1590s, from billow (n.). Related: Billowed; billowing.
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breakwater (n.)
"any structure serving to break the force of waves and protect a harbor or shore," 1721, from break (v.) + water (n.1).
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kymatology (n.)
science of waves, 1906, from Greek kyma (genitive kymatos) "a wave" (from PIE root *keue- "to swell") + -ology. Related: Kymatological; kymatologist.
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Samothrace 

Aegean island, from Samos + Thrace, representing the sources of two waves of settlers who came to the island in ancient times. Related: Samothracian.

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tsunami (n.)
1896, in reference to the one that struck Japan that year on June 15, from Japanese tsunami, from tsu "harbor" + nami "waves."
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fluctuate (v.)
1630s, from Latin fluctuatus, past participle of fluctuare "to undulate, to move in waves," from fluctus "a wave, billow, surge, a flowing," from past participle of fluere "to flow" (see fluent). Related: Fluctuated; fluctuates; fluctuating.
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interferometer (n.)
"instrument for measuring the interference of light waves," 1897, a hybrid from interfere + -meter. Compare interferential (1867), coined on the model of differential. Related: Interferometric; interferometry.
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