transverse wave

noun

Definition of transverse wave 

: a wave in which the vibrating element moves in a direction perpendicular to the direction of advance of the wave

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The second are transverse waves, produced as riders swerve left or right to avoid obstacles or find a more advantageous position. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "What we can learn about crowd behavior by watching the Tour de France," 19 Nov. 2018 Patterns for Alto’ Aether: a medium that in the wave theory of light permeates all space and transmits transverse waves. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "The Playlist: Previously Unreleased Hendrix, and 10 More New Songs," 19 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of transverse wave

1912, in the meaning defined above

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