Lissajous figure [lee-suh-zhoo, lee-suh-zhoo] Word Origin noun Physics.
- the series of plane curves traced by an object executing two mutually perpendicular harmonic motions.
Origin of Lissajous figure 1875–80; named after Jules A. Lissajous (1822–80), French physicist British Dictionary definitions for lissajous figure Lissajous figure noun
- a curve traced out by a point that undergoes two simple harmonic motions in mutually perpendicular directions. The shape of these curves is characteristic of the relative phases and frequencies of the motion; they are used to determine the frequencies and phases of alternating voltages
Word Origin for Lissajous figure C19: named after Jules A. Lissajous (1822–80), French physicist