on the same wavelength

on the same wave·length
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [on, awn stressed th ee seym weyv-lengkth, -length, -lenth]
    • /ɒn, ɔn stressed ði seɪm ˈweɪvˌlɛŋkθ, -ˌlɛŋθ, -ˌlɛnθ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [on, awn stressed th ee seym weyv-lengkth, -length, -lenth]
    • /ɒn, ɔn stressed ði seɪm ˈweɪvˌlɛŋkθ, -ˌlɛŋθ, -ˌlɛnθ/

Definitions of on the same wavelength words

  • noun on the same wavelength Physics. the distance, measured in the direction of propagation of a wave, between two successive points in the wave that are characterized by the same phase of oscillation. 1
  • idioms on the same wavelength on the same wavelength, in sympathy or rapport: We seemed to be on the same wavelength from the moment we met. 1
  • phrase on the same wavelength If two people are on the same wavelength, they find it easy to understand each other and they tend to agree, because they share similar interests or opinions. 0

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Origin of on the same wavelength

First appearance:

before 1855
One of the 30% newest English words
First recorded in 1855-60; wave + length

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Parts of speech for On the same wavelength


on the same wavelength popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 91% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for on the same wavelength

adj on the same wavelength

  • compatible — If things, for example systems, ideas, and beliefs, are compatible, they work well together or can exist together successfully.
  • cotton to — If you cotton to someone or something, you start to like them.
  • in the groove — a long, narrow cut or indentation in a surface, as the cut in a board to receive the tongue of another board (tongue-and-groove joint) a furrow, or a natural indentation on an organism.
  • likeminded — having a similar or identical opinion, disposition, etc.: a like-minded friend.

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