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seismic wave

a wave of energy that is generated by an earthquake or other earth vibration and that travels within the earth or along its surface. Unabridged
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  • In the process of breaking, vibrations called “seismic waves” are generated.

    Earthquakes Kaye M. Shedlock
  • Sound and seismic waves were slow, and the flare of atomic explosions couldn't be seen here.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • The magnitude of an earthquake, usually expressed by the Richter Scale, is a measure of the amplitude of the seismic waves.

    Earthquakes Kaye M. Shedlock
  • The Santa Cruz mountains suffered little damage from the seismic waves, even though they were close to the epicenter.

    Earthquakes Kaye M. Shedlock
  • Sound and seismic waves were slow and the flare of atomic explosions couldn't be seen here.

    Sense of Obligation Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
British Dictionary definitions for seismic waves

seismic wave

an earth vibration generated by an earthquake or explosion
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Contemporary definitions for seismic waves

an elastic shock wave that travels through the earth, as from an earthquake or explosion; also, one of four distinct waves generated by an earthquake's 21st Century Lexicon
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seismic waves in Culture
seismic waves [(seyez-mik)]

In geology, shock waves in solid rock generated by earthquakes or underground explosions. (See seismology.)

Note: Seismic waves travel through the Earth and can be detected far from their source.
Note: Most of our knowledge of the Earth's interior comes from studying seismic waves.
Note: The measurement of seismic waves is also important in detecting underground nuclear tests.
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