transverse wave

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transverse wave

(General Physics) 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

trans′verse wave′

a wave in which the direction of displacement is perpendicular to the direction of propagation.

trans·verse wave

(trăns-vûrs′, trăns′vûrs′)
A wave in which the particles of the wave's medium move at right angles to the direction of wave movement. For instance, in an ocean wave, the molecules of water move up and down as the wave passes on its way toward shore. See more at wave. Compare longitudinal wave.