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transverse wave

noun, Physics.
a wave in which the direction of displacement is perpendicular to the direction of propagation, as a surface wave of water.
Origin of transverse wave
1920-25 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for transverse-wave

transverse wave

a wave, such as an electromagnetic wave, that is propagated in a direction perpendicular to the direction of displacement of the transmitting field or medium Compare longitudinal wave
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Contemporary definitions for transverse-wave

any wave that oscillates across the two-dimensional plane through which it travels; any wave that causes a crosswise disturbance of the medium through which it travels


Electromagnetic waves are transverse waves.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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transverse wave  
A wave that oscillates perpendicular to the axis along which the wave travels. Electromagnetic waves are transverse waves, since the electric and magnetic fields oscillate at a right angle to the direction of motion. Waves in bodies of water are also transverse waves, since the molecules of water oscillate up and down perpendicular to the direction of the wave's motion. Compare longitudinal wave. See more at wave.
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