shear wave


shear wave
/ˈʃɪə weɪv/ (say 'shear wayv)

noun
an earthquake tremor in which rock particles vibrate at right angles to the direction in which the wave is travelling.
Also, secondary wave.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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