Definition of wave theory in English:

wave theory

noun

historical Physics
  • The theory that light is propagated through the ether by a wave motion imparted to the ether by the molecular vibrations of the radiant body.

    ‘He warned of the dangers of lead poisoning and hypothesized about continental drift and the wave theory of light.’
    • ‘A few years earlier another member of the Royal Society, Robert Hooke, had published a wave theory of light and his own theory of colours.’
    • ‘He studied continuum mechanics, lunar theory with Clairaut, the three body problem, elasticity, acoustics, the wave theory of light, hydraulics, and music.’
    • ‘As for the wave theory, most physicists were happy to retain it for some phenomena, while simultaneously embracing the new photon hypothesis for others.’
    • ‘This hypothesis, which had been tentatively proposed by Max Planck a few years earlier, directly challenged the wave theory of light.’