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longitudinal wavenoun [C]

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a ​wavemoving in the same ​direction of ​travel as the vibrations (= ​fastmovementsbackwards and ​forwards) of the particles of the ​substance through which it is ​travelling
(Definition of longitudinal wave from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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longitudinal wavenoun [C]

 us   /ˈlɑn·dʒəˈtu·dən·əl ˈweɪv/
physics a ​wave in which the ​substance the ​wavetravels through moves in the same ​direction of the ​wave itself. Sound ​waves are ​longitudinalwaves.
(Definition of longitudinal wave from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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