acoustic emission

noun

Definition of acoustic emission 

physics

: the production of sound waves by a material when it is subjected to stress also : the sound waves produced in this manner The elastic energy released when microcracks form should produce a stress wave and associated high-frequency acoustic emissionSmithsonian

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1964, in the meaning defined above

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