Definition of transverse wave in US English:

transverse wave


  • A wave vibrating at right angles to the direction of its propagation.

    • ‘Specifically, light travels in transverse waves - that is, while traveling along a generally straight path, light waves will vibrate in many directions perpendicular to that path.’
    • ‘The water wave, like the violin string, is an example of a transverse wave.’
    • ‘Most aquatic animals use the jet-stream propulsion in a form of propagating a transverse wave along the body from head to tail.’
    • ‘In fact Fresnel had already published his theory that light was a transverse wave but, although Doppler had read Fresnel's work, he did not accept it.’
    • ‘Then the researchers sent a quick, transverse wave pulse across the fluid.’


transverse wave