overpressure

noun
over·​pres·​sure | \ˈō-vər-ˌpre-shər \

Definition of overpressure 

: pressure significantly above what is usual or normal

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When a man hiding in a fridge is swept by this overpressure wave, he’ll certainly be battered to death inside a tumbling, irradiated oven. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Hollywood Has No Idea How Nukes Work," 2 Apr. 2018 If the asteroid is large enough, the overpressure would effectively pulp victims' insides. Jasper Hamill, Fox News, "7 terrifying ways that asteroids could wipe out life on our planet revealed," 28 June 2018 Each 500-pound bomb was set to detonate just above its target for maximum lethality, operating more through overpressure than fragmentation. William Langewiesche, The Atlantic, "An Extraordinarily Expensive Way to Fight ISIS," 21 June 2018 Past this ring of violence, a three-square-mile area would suffer through 5 pounds per square inch of overpressure. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Hollywood Has No Idea How Nukes Work," 2 Apr. 2018 A second valve, designed to relieve overpressure, opened properly but failed to close when the pressure dropped below safe levels. Washington Post, "AP WAS THERE: Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident," 30 May 2017 A bomb that kills through overpressure, the MOAB is well suited for destroying cave complexes. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Air Force Drops the Largest Conventional Bomb Ever Used in Combat," 13 Apr. 2017 All of us had our mouths open to keep the blast overpressure from rupturing our eardrums. Elliot Ackerman, Esquire, "Goodbye, My Brother," 23 Mar. 2017

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1644, in the meaning defined above

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