transverse wave


Definition of transverse wave

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

Examples of transverse 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 second are transverse waves, produced as riders swerve left or right to avoid obstacles or find a more advantageous position. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 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, 19 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of transverse wave

1912, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of transverse wave was in 1912

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“Transverse wave.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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