longitudinal wave


: a wave (such as a sound wave) in which the particles of the medium vibrate in the direction of the line of advance of the wave

Examples of longitudinal wave in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The longitudinal waves triggered by a rider slowing or braking spread twice as fast as the transverse waves triggered by riders moving side to side. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 19 Nov. 2018 The first are longitudinal waves, moving back and forth along the peloton, usually caused when a rider slows to avoid a collision or brakes suddenly. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 19 Nov. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1813, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of longitudinal wave was in 1813

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“Longitudinal wave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/longitudinal%20wave. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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