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  • n. A transverse, shear wave, such as that produced by an earthquake. Movement is transverse to the direction of propagation and is a body wave.


From "secondary wave" or "shear wave" (Wiktionary)


  • And the slipping causes two types of waves, an S-wave and a P-wave, and after the break, Wolf, we'll talk about how both of those could affect the people there of Haiti.

    CNN Transcript Jan 12, 2010

  • Would a strike slip cause more of the S-wave or would the thrust cause more of that kind of damage?

    CNN Transcript Jan 12, 2010

  • The secondary wave, the S-wave, looks literally like an S.

    CNN Transcript Jan 12, 2010

  • MYERS: We talked a little bit earlier about how the S-wave, how the side-to-side motion can really be devastating to these buildings that don't have a lot of support and are not certainly made to our California regulations.

    CNN Transcript Jan 12, 2010

  • That comes early in the earthquake, and then one that comes in like this, which is called an S-wave.

    CNN Transcript Jan 12, 2010

  • What happens with an S-wave, it is very difficult for a building to stay standing up in an S-wave because the building does this.

    CNN Transcript Jan 12, 2010

  • It's a word that we use to describe when a P-wave and then an S-wave come together after the shock.

    CNN Transcript Jan 12, 2010

  • And what is -- what is a P-wave and what is an S-wave?

    CNN Transcript Jan 12, 2010

  • In an intensive and most enjoyable collaboration, we succeeded in obtaining a complete solution for S-wave scattering by a spherical potential.

    Walter Kohn - Autobiography

  • It has an S-wave in it with the buoyancy down near the seabed.


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