beat frequency

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beat frequency

[′bēt ‚frē·kwən·sē]
(electronics)
The frequency of a signal equal to the difference in frequencies of two signals which produce the signal when they are combined in a nonlinear circuit.

beat frequency

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The periodic variation in amplitude of an oscillation resulting from the superimposition (or mixing) of two oscillations of differing frequencies. It is equal to the difference between the two frequencies.