Definition of Rayleigh wave in English:

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Rayleigh 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.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: Ray·leigh wave

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