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Definition greatness of magnitude or range — especially the height of a wave
  • 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.
  • The circuit's amplitude adjustment response is not instantaneous.
  • Noises from deep underneath, clearly transmitted by the liquid medium, reverberated with majestic amplitude.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • 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
  • 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
  • The creature brought within him an amplitude of Northern knowledge.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • "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
  • 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 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
  • 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

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