1. n. [Geophysics]
Multiply-reflected seismic energy with a shorter travel path than long-path multiples. Short-path multiples tend to come from shallow subsurface phenomena or highly cyclical sedimentation and arrive soon after, and sometimes very near, the primary reflections. Short-path multiples are less obvious than most long-path multiples and are less easily removed by seismic processing.
See: event, ghost, long-path multiple, multiple reflection, noise, peg-leg multiple, primary reflection, processing