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A type of surface wave characterized by side-to-side motion of the particles as well as motion in ellipses as part of the forward movement of the wave; specifically a seismic wave of this type.
1920s. From the name of Augustus Love, British mathematician and geophysicist who developed a mathematical model predicting the existence of such waves + wave.
Love wave/ˈlʌv weɪv/
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