surface wave

noun

plural surface waves
: an earthquake vibration propagated near the surface of the earth compare body wave

Examples of surface wave in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With this beefed-up Irish seismic network and data from seismometers in Britain, Lebedev and his colleagues previously used surface wave tomography to map the thickness of the lithosphere in Britain and Ireland. Elise Cutts, Discover Magazine, 29 June 2023 In addition, the fact that 2D photonic time crystals can amplify surface waves is potentially significant for next-generation wireless telecommunications. IEEE Spectrum, 17 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of surface wave was in 1887

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“Surface wave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/surface%20wave. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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