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shock wave

noun

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of shock wave

  1. 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. 2 :  a violent often pulsating disturbance or reaction <shock waves of rebellion>

Examples of shock wave in a sentence

  1. The decision created a shock wave of criticism.



1907

First Known Use of shock wave

1907


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