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The amplifier to increase the amplitude of sound waves.
  greatness of magnitude or range — especially the height of a wave
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  • The amplifier to increase the amplitude of sound waves.
  • Hers is an art of great amplitude and expansive spirit.
  • The amplitude response of the ear is non-linear.
  • The unit of measurement for amplitude depends upon the type of wave being measured.

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  • The circuit’s amplitude adjustment response is not instantaneous.
  • Fathers of this largeness of vision and amplitude of spirit were scarce, I averred sentimentally, beginning to feel my lips tingling from the beer.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Some of them were very tall; many were dressed in white; and all had a sweeping amplitude of array that seemed to magnify their persons as a mist magnifies the moon.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Noises from deep underneath, clearly transmitted by the liquid medium, reverberated with majestic amplitude.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • "O thou that comest to the woeful inn," said Minos to me, when he saw me, leaving the act of so great an office, "beware how thou enterest, and to whom thou trustest thyself; let not the amplitude of the entrance deceive thee."
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • The transition from a drover to a Carmelite is not in the least violent; the one turns into the other without much effort; the fund of ignorance common to the village and the cloister is a preparation ready at hand, and places the boor at once on the same footing as the monk: a little more amplitude in the smock, and it becomes a frock.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

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  • His visits soon began to acquire an awkward familial amplitude, for Dr. Urbino Daza and his wife would sometimes appear as if by accident, and they would stay to play cards.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • He regarded the delicate lines of her profile, and the small, tight, applelike convexities of her bodice, so different from Arabella’s amplitudes.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • The creature brought within him an amplitude of Northern knowledge.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Witness this new-made world, another Heaven From Heaven-gate not far, founded in view On the clear hyaline, the glassy sea; Of amplitude almost immense, with stars Numerous, and every star perhaps a world Of destined habitation; but thou knowest Their seasons: among these the seat of Men, Earth, with her nether ocean circumfused, Their pleasant dwelling-place.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Lawyers of the past, haughty, pleading, beheld pass from the consolidated taxing office to Nisi Prius court Richie Goulding carrying the costbag of Goulding, Collis and Ward and heard rustling from the admiralty division of king’s bench to the court of appeal an elderly female with false teeth smiling incredulously and a black silk skirt of great amplitude.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • But the story would include a chain of events extending over the better part of two centuries, and, written out with reasonable amplitude, would fill a bigger folio volume, or a longer series of duodecimos, than could prudently be appropriated to the annals of all New England during a similar period.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Then she put upon her the white frock that Tess had worn at the club-walking, the airy fulness of which, supplementing her enlarged coiffure, imparted to her developing figure an amplitude which belied her age, and might cause her to be estimated as a woman when she was not much more than a child.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • But the doorstep, as she drew near it, acquired a sudden interest from the fact that it was occupied—and indeed filled—by the conspicuous figure of Mr. Rosedale, whose presence seemed to take on an added amplitude from the meanness of his surroundings.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • It was a face that told of an amplitude of nature and of quick and free motions and, though it had no regular beauty, was in the highest degree engaging and attaching.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • And this cruel outward accuser was there in the shape of a wife—nay, of a young bride, who, instead of observing his abundant pen-scratches and amplitude of paper with the uncritical awe of an elegant-minded canary-bird, seemed to present herself as a spy watching everything with a malign power of inference.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • As we rolled in urine and vomit, in that hideous, stinking baptism, we rolled together as a class for the first time, as though controlled by a single, invincible will, and on that night, they could not hurt us, could not touch us, could not even approach us in the ecstasy and amplitude of our solidarity.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • There was width to the eye, a smoking sun-hazed amplitude, the world convoluting and opening into the world, hill and plain, into the west.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • It was a face that told of an amplitude of nature and of quick and free motions and, though it had no regular beauty, was in the highest degree engaging and attaching.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • For all their physical amplitude, the fat old man and the fatter man in middle-age, Will Hodge Sr and Will Hodge Jr, were diminished by the old-style sobriety of the room.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Slender still, but lovelier than before, she had gained no great maturity of aspect; yet there was an amplitude and a brilliancy in her personal arrangements that gave a touch of insolence to her beauty.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • It proves the ease and amplitude of those days that a man to whom money was an obsession thought it feasible to take a house on the very toenail, as he called it, of England, so that every summer he would be faced with the expense of moving children, nurses, servants from one end of England to the other.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • The court, he wrote, "was practically blameless; the aesthetic sense of the beholder was as fully and unreservedly satisfied as in looking at a masterpiece of painting or sculpture, and at the same time was soothed and elevated by a sense of amplitude and grandeur such as no single work of art could produce."
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • My foothold is tenon’d and mortis’d in granite, I laugh at what you call dissolution, And I know the amplitude of time.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • Wildeve attended them to the door, beyond which the deep-dyed upward stretch of heath stood awaiting them, an amplitude of darkness reigning from their feet almost to the zenith, where a definite form first became visible in the lowering forehead of Rainbarrow.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Miss Ingram, who had now seated herself with proud grace at the piano, spreading out her snowy robes in queenly amplitude, commenced a brilliant prelude; talking meantime.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • "I’d give a great deal to be your age again," she broke out once with a bitterness which, though diluted in her customary amplitude of ease, was imperfectly disguised by it.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • The measure’d faiths of other lands, the grandeurs of the past, Are not for thee, but grandeurs of thine own, Deific faiths and amplitudes, absorbing, comprehending all, All eligible to all.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • In them these skies and airs, these mountain peaks, Shasta, Nevadas, These huge precipitous cliffs, this amplitude, these valleys, far Yosemite, To be in them absorb’d, assimilated.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • But her thoughts soon strayed far from her own personality; and, full of a passionate and indescribable solicitude for one to whom she was not even a name, she went forth into the amplitude of tanned wild around her, restless as Ahasuerus the Jew.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • "I’d give a great deal to be your age again," she broke out once with a bitterness which, though diluted in her customary amplitude of ease, was imperfectly disguised by it.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • Slender still, but lovelier than before, she had gained no great maturity of aspect; yet there was an amplitude and a brilliancy in her personal arrangements that gave a touch of insolence to her beauty.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • I speculated on our matrimonial bed at the farm, thought of its size and shape, wondered if its mattress was constructed with sufficient amplitude, bounce and resilience to accommodate the industrious venery it would certainly receive.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The remaining dresses, though they had lost their freshness, still kept the long unerring lines, the sweep and amplitude of the great artist’s stroke, and as she spread them out on the bed the scenes in which they had been worn rose vividly before her.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • To a President All you are doing and saying is to America dangled mirages, You have not learn’d of Nature—of the politics of Nature you have not learn’d the great amplitude, rectitude, impartiality, You have not seen that only such as they are for these States, And that what is less than they must sooner or later lift off from these States.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • I swear there is no greatness or power that does not emulate those of the earth, There can be no theory of any account unless it corroborate the theory of the earth, No politics, song, religion, behavior, or what not, is of account, unless it compare with the amplitude of the earth, Unless it face the exactness, vitality, impartiality, rectitude of the earth.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • A Prairie Sunset Shot gold, maroon and violet, dazzling silver, emerald, fawn, The earth’s whole amplitude and Nature’s multiform power consign’d for once to colors; The light, the general air possess’d by them—colors till now unknown, No limit, confine—not the Western sky alone—the high meridian— North, South, all, Pure luminous color fighting the silent shadows to the last.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • …terrestrial hemispheres, in all habitable lands and islands explored or unexplored (the land of the midnight sun, the islands of the blessed, the isles of Greece, the land of promise), of adipose anterior and posterior female hemispheres, redolent of milk and honey and of excretory sanguine and seminal warmth, reminiscent of secular families of curves of amplitude, insusceptible of moods of impression or of contrarieties of expression, expressive of mute immutable mature animality.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Kosmos Who includes diversity and is Nature, Who is the amplitude of the earth, and the coarseness and sexuality of the earth, and the great charity of the earth, and the equilibrium also, Who has not look’d forth from the windows the eyes for nothing, or whose brain held audience with messengers for nothing, Who contains believers and disbelievers, who is the most majestic lover, Who holds duly his or her triune proportion of realism, spiritualism, and of the aesthetic or…
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • "Sonny," said she, with an incredible amplitude of faith and good cheer, "dey is only one Good Book.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
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