compressional wave

noun

Definition of compressional wave

: a longitudinal wave (such as a sound wave) propagated by the elastic compression of the medium

called also compression wave

First Known Use of compressional wave

1875, in the meaning defined above

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“Compressional wave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/compressional%20wave. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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