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Attributive Used with reference to the instability of the interface between fluids of different densities, especially as leading to convective motion; frequently in "Rayleigh–Taylor instability".
1950s; earliest use found in Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. From the title of J. W. Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh + the name of Sir Geoffrey Taylor, English mathematician, who extended Rayleigh's work on fluid dynamics.
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