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English definition of “transverse wave”

transverse wave

noun [C]     specialized
a wave moving through a substance in which the particles are vibrating (= moving quickly backwards and forwards) at a 90 degree angle to the direction of the wave → Compare longitudinal waveEnergy, force and powerPower and intensity
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