Definitions for "Wave period"
Time taken for the passage of successive waves past a point.
The time elapsed for a wave to travel the distance of one wavelength.
The time taken for consecutive wave crests or wave troughs to pass a given point.
In the same way that wave height can be determined for individual waves contained in a wave record, wave period is also available. In the sample wave record figure, Figure 2, each of the water surface elevations has been obtained at a constant sampling period. In the case of non-directional Waverider buoys, this period is 0.39 seconds, while for directional Waverider buoys is 0.78 seconds (because directional buoys need to transfer more information). The wave period is the time (in seconds) between one zero up-crossing of the average water level line and the next.