compressional wave


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

called also compression wave

Examples of compressional wave in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The body wave known as a P wave, sometimes called a primary or compressional wave, travels faster than any other and is the first wave detected during an event. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 19 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of compressional wave was in 1875

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“Compressional wave.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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