transverse wave
noun Date: 1912 a wave in which the vibrating element moves in a direction perpendicular to the direction of advance of the wave

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  • Transverse wave — Transverse plane wave A light wave is an example of a transverse wave …   Wikipedia

  • transverse wave — Physics. a wave in which the direction of displacement is perpendicular to the direction of propagation, as a surface wave of water. Cf. longitudinal wave. [1920 25] * * * ▪ physics       motion in which all points on a wave oscillate along paths …   Universalium

  • transverse wave — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms transverse wave : singular transverse wave plural transverse waves physics a wave such as light that makes the substance through which it moves vibrate in a direction that is at 90 degrees to the direction in… …   English dictionary

  • transverse wave — noun : a wave in which the vibrating element (as the electric field in light waves or the particles of a vibrating medium) moves in a direction perpendicular to the direction in which the wave advances * * * ˌtransverse ˈwave 7 [transverse wave]… …   Useful english dictionary

  • transverse wave — skersinė banga statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. transversal wave; transverse wave vok. Querwelle, f; Transversalwelle, f rus. поперечная волна, f pranc. onde transversale, f …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • transverse wave — /ˈtrænzvɜs weɪv/ (say tranzvers wayv) noun a wave in which the vibrations of particles of the medium (as in a wave motion in a stretched wire or string) or the directions of the oscillating electromagnetic fields (as in an electromagnetic wave)… …   Australian English dictionary

  • transverse wave —    A wave generated by shearing displacement where wave motion is perpendicular to direction of propagation [16] …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

  • transverse wave — trans′verse wave′ n. phs a wave in which the direction of displacement is perpendicular to the direction of propagation • Etymology: 1920–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • transverse wave — noun Any wave in which the direction of disturbance is perpendicular to the direction of travel …   Wiktionary

  • transverse wave — a wave in which the oscillatory motion is perpendicular to the direction of propagation …   Medical dictionary

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