pressure wave

noun

Definition of pressure wave

: a wave (such as a sound wave) in which the propagated disturbance is a variation of pressure in a material medium

called also P-wave

Examples of pressure wave in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hyche, who is now a police chief in Alabama after serving at ATF for three decades, said the blast pressure wave from an explosion can be as deadly as shrapnel. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, 16 May 2021 The space rock fragmented violently, producing a pressure wave that rattled buildings and generated the sound heard by those near the trajectory. Mike Wehner, BGR, 11 Mar. 2021 The space rock fragmented violently, producing a pressure wave that rattled buildings and generated the sound heard by those near the trajectory. Mike Wehner, BGR, 11 Mar. 2021 The space rock fragmented violently, producing a pressure wave that rattled buildings and generated the sound heard by those near the trajectory. Mike Wehner, BGR, 11 Mar. 2021 These pressure waves bunch up—imagine a pressure wave traffic jam—and form a shockwave that surrounds the aircraft, Javier Urzay, a senior researcher at the Center for Turbulence Research at Stanford University, tells Pop Mech. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 13 Apr. 2021 The space rock fragmented violently, producing a pressure wave that rattled buildings and generated the sound heard by those near the trajectory. Mike Wehner, BGR, 11 Mar. 2021 The space rock fragmented violently, producing a pressure wave that rattled buildings and generated the sound heard by those near the trajectory. Mike Wehner, BGR, 11 Mar. 2021 The space rock fragmented violently, producing a pressure wave that rattled buildings and generated the sound heard by those near the trajectory. Mike Wehner, BGR, 11 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of pressure wave

1942, in the meaning defined above

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“Pressure wave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pressure%20wave. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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pressure wave

noun

Medical Definition of pressure wave

: a wave (as a sound wave) in which the propagated disturbance is a variation of pressure in a material medium (as air)

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