Rayleigh wave

noun

Definition of Rayleigh wave

: 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

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History and Etymology for Rayleigh wave

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 18 Jan. 2022.

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