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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A seismic wave that travels through the earth rather than across its surface. Body waves usually have smaller amplitudes and shorter wavelengths than surface waves and travel at higher speeds.

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  • noun geology A seismic wave that travels through the earth's interior rather than over the surface. P-waves and S-waves are examples of body waves.

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