shear wave

shear wave
: a wave in which the propagated disturbance is a shear strain in an elastic medium

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shear wave,
a wave in an elastic medium which causes movement of the medium but no change in its volume. A secondary wave is a shear wave.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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