Definition of “frequency” - English Dictionary

“frequency” in British English

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frequencynoun

uk /ˈfriː.kwən.si/ us /ˈfriː.kwən.si/

frequency noun (LIGHT/SOUND/RADIO)

[ U ] specialized physics the number of times that a wave, especially a light, sound, or radio wave, is produced within a particular period, especially one second:

the frequency of light
low frequency radiation
The human ear cannot hear very high-frequency sounds.

[ C ] specialized media a particular number of radio waves produced in a second at which a radio signal is broadcast:

Do you know what frequency the BBC World Service is on?

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(Definition of “frequency” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“frequency” in American English

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frequencynoun

us /ˈfri·kwən·si/

physics [ C ] the number of times that a wave is produced within a particular period, esp. within one second:

Dogs can hear very high frequencies.

frequency noun (COMMON)

[ U ] the number of times something is repeated, or the fact of something happening often:

Houses are sold here with greater frequency than in most other parts of the country.

(Definition of “frequency” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“frequency” in Business English

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frequencynoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈfriːkwənsi/ us

the number of times something happens within a particular period, or the fact of something happening often or a large number of times:

Once a week is a good frequency to back up all the data.
the frequency of sth Cost-conscious retailers are reducing the frequency of cash collections.
We can surely do better in reducing the frequency and intensity of emerging market financial crises.
with greater/increasing frequency Skirmishes between privacy advocates and those collecting information are occurring with increasing frequency.
Some trusts limit the frequency with which a loan can be modified.

COMMUNICATIONS the number of times that a wave, especially a sound or radio wave, is produced within a particular period, especially one second:

The transmitter sends out a pulse of sound at a frequency of 6 kilohertz.

(Definition of “frequency” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)