Definition of surface wave in US English:

surface wave

noun

  • 1A wave on the surface of water; (Science) a wave of displacements propagated along the surface of a liquid or a solid, or along an interface between them; (Seismology) a seismic wave that travels along the earth's surface.

  • 2Radio. A radio wave that travels close to the surface of the earth, propagated chiefly by interaction with the surface.

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in James Anderson (1739–1808), agriculturist and political economist. From surface + wave.

Pronunciation

surface wave

/ˈsəːfɪs ˌweɪv/