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From Latin frequentia, from frequens. English equivalent frequent +‎ -cy.


  • enPR: frĕʹkwən-sē, IPA(key): /ˈfɹiːkwənsi/
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frequency (countable and uncountable, plural frequencies)

  1. (uncountable or countable) The rate of occurrence of anything; the relationship between incidence and time period.
    With growing confidence, the Viking’s raids increased in frequency.
    The frequency of bus service has been improved from one every 15 to one every 12 minutes.
  2. (uncountable) The property of occurring often rather than infrequently.
    The FAQ addresses questions that come up with some frequency.
    The frequency of the visits was what annoyed him.
  3. (countable) The quotient of the number of times a periodic phenomenon occurs over the time in which it occurs: .
    The frequency of the musical note A above middle C is 440 oscillations per second.
    The frequency of a wave is its velocity divided by its wavelength : .
    Broadcasting live at a frequency of 98.3 megahertz, we’re your rock alternative!
    The frequency for electric power in the Americas is generally 60 Hz rather than 50.
  4. A tone, character, mood, or vibe
    • 2023 August 31, Frankie de la Cretaz, “Postcard from Camp Gaylore”, in Cosmopolitan[1]:
      And if you haven’t picked up on the gay frequencies in her lyrics, her wig choices, and her possible lesbian salutes? Maybe that’s because they weren’t meant for you. IYKYK.
  5. (statistics) number of times an event occurred in an experiment (absolute frequency)



  • (antonym(s) of "rate of occurrence"): period

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