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seismic wave

noun
  1. a wave of energy that is generated by an earthquake or other earth vibration and that travels within the earth or along its surface.
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British Dictionary definitions for seismic waves

seismic wave

noun
  1. an earth vibration generated by an earthquake or explosion
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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.)

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

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

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