In physics, a mechanical wave is a wave that is an oscillation of matter, and therefore transfers energy through a medium.- Mechanical wave
In a mechanical wave, stress and strain fields oscillate about a mechanical equilibrium.- Wave
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In physics, a surface wave is a mechanical wave that propagates along the interface between differing media.
Examples are the waves at the surface of water and air (ocean surface waves).
Longitudinal waves are waves in which the vibration of the medium is parallel ("along") to the direction the wave travels and displacement of the medium is in the same (or opposite) direction of the wave propagation.
Mechanical longitudinal waves are also called compressional or compression waves, because they produce compression and rarefaction when traveling through a medium, and pressure waves, because they produce increases and decreases in pressure.