Something undulant either moves in waves or has a wavelike pattern.
Several ways are correct.
I prefer "UN dyuh lunt."
Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “an undulant dance”
2. After a linking verb, as in “The dance was undulant.”)
"Undulate" is the verb: to move in a wave. "Undulance" is the noun.
And if "undulant" doesn't quite fit your idea, you can also pick from these other adjectives: "undulated," "undulating," "undular," "undulatory," and "undulative." Whew!
How to use it:
This word is poetic: you use it to describe the softness, beauty, grace, rhythm, and steadiness with which something moves up and down (or appears to move up and down).
Talk about undulant hair, undulant animals, undulant artwork, undulant hills and fields and flowers, undulant sounds (such as undulant music or undulant voices, or undulant poems or undulant prayers,) undulant water, undulant dancing, an undulant gait, and so on.
You can get abstract and talk about the undulant nature of memory, the undulant passing of time, an undulant style of writing, etc.
Some folks say "undulant waves," but that's redundant, like saying "round circles."
From the cafe across the street, we could hear the undulant music wafting out of the theater.
Part of the joy of doing nothing on the beach is studying the undulant surface of the water, enjoying how it glitters, and knowing there are no particular responsibilities pressing on you at that moment.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "undulant" means when you can explain it without saying "wavy" or "gently moving up and down."
Think of a particular type of music or dance that you like, and fill in the blanks: "The undulant (sounds/movement) of _____ (are/is) _____."
Example: "The undulant sounds of a Fiona Apple tune are alternately soothing and energizing."
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Albert Einstein: “Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.”
1. The opposite of UNDULANT could be
2. We _____ the undulant road.
A. zipped straight across
B. felt a little carsick as we headed up
C. noted that the map, for obvious reasons, didn't even include
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