Definition of shock wave in English:

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shock wave



1A sharp change of pressure in a narrow region travelling through a medium, especially air, caused by explosion or by a body moving faster than sound: the shock waves of the explosion
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  • At the site of the eruption the bang surely would have been deadly on its own, purely from sound pressure, like the shock wave of an atomic bomb.
  • The explosion caused a shock wave of flames like ripples in the water when a stone is cast in.
  • As a result, an aircraft creates a sudden discontinuity in pressure and temperature called a shock wave as it breaks the sound barrier.
1.1 (usually shock waves) A widespread feeling of shock caused by an unexpected event: the oil embargo sent shock waves through the American economy
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  • The success of the Jews in driving Rome from Jerusalem sent shock waves throughout the Roman Empire.
  • The charges - which have stunned Iceland - will also send shockwaves through the UK high street.
  • The job losses are bound to create shock waves.
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