Definition of Rayleigh wave in English:

Rayleigh wave

Syllabification: Ray·leigh wave

noun

Physics
  • An undulating wave that travels over the surface of a solid, especially of the ground in an earthquake, with a speed independent of wavelength, the motion of the particles being in ellipses.
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    • There are two types of surface waves: Love and Rayleigh waves.
    • Arrows depict the high amplitude ground surface waves with velocities equivalent to Rayleigh waves, and higher velocity body waves, most probably p waves.
    • The largest amplitudes seen in this movie are the Rayleigh waves traveling around the globe.

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