surface wave(redirected from Orbital wave)
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surface wave[′sər·fəs ‚wāv]
A wave that can travel along an interface between two different mediums without radiation; the interface must be essentially straight in the direction of propagation; the commonest interface used is that between air and the surface of a circular wire.
A wave that distorts the free surface that separates two fluid phases, usually a liquid and a gas.
A progressive gravity wave in which the disturbance is of greatest amplitude at the air-water interface.