Rayleigh wave

noun

: an elastic wave confined to the surface layers of a solid medium
specifically : an elastic wave traveling along the surface of the earth with the plane of vibration coincident with the plane of propagation that is observed especially in seismic disturbances

Word History

Etymology

after Baron John W. S. Rayleigh

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“Rayleigh wave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Rayleigh%20wave. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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