gravity wave

noun

Definition of gravity wave 

1 : a wave in a fluid (such as the ocean or the atmosphere) which is propagated because of the tendency of gravity to maintain a uniform level or in which gravity is the restoring force

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If a perturbation were to jostle this fluid, a gravity wave would result. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "Wicked cool wave clouds crash over Boston area," 6 Apr. 2018 The cloud ridge was located above a region of highlands called Aphrodite Terra and seemed to be a shockingly large atmospheric gravity wave—not unlike a stationary ripple above a rock in a flowing stream. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Huge wave in Venus’ clouds changes the length of a day," 22 June 2018 This is because mountains provide the lift, wind shear and associated gravity waves needed to produce these unusual cloud formations. Kathryn Prociv, Washington Post, "Qui vivra verra! Two rare cloud types, lenticular and Kelvin-Helmholtz, hover over France.," 26 Jan. 2018 Today a host of sci-fi-worthy gizmos monitor the incessant deluge of cosmic particles as well as the intermittent quiver of gravity waves washing over our planet. Alan Hirshfeld, WSJ, "Review: A New Astronomy Through ‘The Telescope in the Ice’," 15 Dec. 2017 But gravity waves can come to us from beyond the light barrier. NBC News, "Gravitational Waves May Solve Some Big Cosmic Riddles," 5 Oct. 2017 Get the latest Irma info @ https://t.co/cSGOfrM0lG pic.twitter.com/EIQL1Vv9Ra — NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) September 7, 2017 The gravity wave pattern emanating outward is astounding. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "The view from above: NASA and NOAA satellites capture every detail of Irma," 11 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of gravity wave

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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