n. (pl. -ies)
1. commonness of occurrence.
2 a the state of being frequent; frequent occurrence. b the process of being repeated at short intervals.
3 Physics the rate of recurrence of a vibration, oscillation, cycle, etc.; the number of repetitions in a given time, esp. per second.
4 Statistics the ratio of the number of actual to possible occurrences of an event.
Phrases and idioms:
frequency band Electronics BAND(1) 3a. frequency distribution Statistics a measurement of the frequency of occurrence of the values of a variable. frequency modulation Electronics a modulation in which the frequency of the carrier wave is varied.
Abbr.: FM. frequency response Electronics the dependence on signal-frequency of the output-input ratio of an amplifier etc.
Etymology: L frequentia (as FREQUENT)