# Deep-water waves

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## deep-water wave

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*Also called*short wave, Stokesian wave.) A surface wave the length of which is less than twice the depth of the water.When this relationship exists the following approximation is valid: where

*c*is the wave velocity,*g*is the acceleration of gravity, and*L*is the wave length. Thus, the velocity of deep-water waves is independent of the depth of the water.*See*shallow-water wave.