Definition of longitudinal wave in English:

longitudinal wave

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  • A wave vibrating in the direction of propagation.
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    • Since the motion of the medium at any point is a small vibration back and forth in the direction in which the wave is proceeding, sound is termed a longitudinal wave.
    • Doppler was incorrect regarding light being a longitudinal wave.

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