shock wave


shock wave

noun

: 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

  1. The decision created a shock wave of criticism.

First Known Use of SHOCK WAVE

1907

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