Progressive Wave

Science / Tides and Currents / Progressive Wave: A wave that advances in distance along the sea surface or at some intermediate depth. Although the wave form itself travels significant distances, the water particles that make up the wave merely describe circular (in relatively deep water) or elliptical (in relatively shallow water) orbits. With high, steep, wind waves, a small overlap in the orbital motion becomes significant. This overlapping gives rise to a small net mass transport. See long shore current and rip current. Progressive waves can be internal, traveling along a sharp density discontinuity, such as the thermocline, or in a layer of gradually changing density (vertically).
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Other Words for Progressive

Progressive Noun Synonyms: advancing, continuing, developing, increasing, growing, ongoing, continuous, step by step, gradual

Other Words for Wave

Wave Adjective Synonyms: swell, undulation, billow, sea, heave, roller, whitecap, white horse, ripple, wavelet, breaker, comber

Sound Waves

Technology / Home Audio / Sound Waves: Fluctuating waves of barometric pressure that travel through a physical medium such as air. An acoustic wave consists of a traveling vibration of alternate compressions and rarefactions, whereby sound MORE

Solitary Wave

Science / Tides and Currents / Solitary Wave: A wave of translation consisting of a single crest rising above the undisturbed water level without any accompanying trough. The rate of advance of a solitary wave depends upon the depth of the water MORE

Short Wave

Science / Weather / Short Wave: A progressive wave of smaller amplitude, wave length, and duration than a long wave. It moves in the same direction as the basic current in which it is embedded and may induce upward vertical motion a MORE