Simple Definition of shock wave
: a movement of extremely high air pressure that is caused by an explosion, an earthquake, etc.
: a usually negative response or reaction that many people have to a particular thing
Full Definition of shock wave
1 : a compressional wave of high amplitude caused by a shock (as from an earthquake or explosion) to the medium through which the wave travels
2 : a violent often pulsating disturbance or reaction <shock waves of rebellion>
Examples of shock wave in a sentence
The decision created a shock wave of criticism.
First Known Use of shock wave
Rhymes with shock wave
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