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British Dictionary definitions for seismic waves

seismic wave

  1. an earth vibration generated by an earthquake or explosion
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seismic waves in Culture

seismic waves


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


Seismic waves travel through the Earth and can be detected far from their source.


Most of our knowledge of the Earth's interior comes from studying seismic waves.


The measurement of seismic waves is also important in detecting underground nuclear tests.
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