bow wave

noun

Definition of bow wave

1 : the wave on either side of the bow of a ship under way

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First Known Use of bow wave

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bow wave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bow%20wave. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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