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carrier wave:

see modulationmodulation,
in communications, process in which some characteristic of a wave (the carrier wave) is made to vary in accordance with an information-bearing signal wave (the modulating wave); demodulation is the process by which the original signal is recovered from the wave
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carrier wave

[′kar·ē·ər ‚wāv]
(chemistry)
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carrier wave

The component of a modulated wave that is independent of the modulation. Generally referred to as a carrier.
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carrier frequency

The transmission of a fixed frequency that has been altered (modulated) to "carry" data. The frequency is measured in Hertz (cycles per second). See carrier, Hz, FDM and TDM.
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