pressure wave


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

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Traveling much farther than the fireball, a colossal pressure wave would hurtle forth faster than the speed of sound, generating winds up to 500 miles per hour. Daily Intelligencer, "This Is What a Nuclear Bomb Looks Like," 12 June 2018 These lasers produce a pulse of pressure waves deep below the skin’s surface to inflame it, thereby stimulating new collagen growth. Jessica Chia, Allure, "Dermatologists Explain the Best Laser Treatments for Dark Skin Tones," 19 Apr. 2018 The fireball and air pressure wave created by such an enormous explosion wipes the base and its pesky radar off the map. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What Putin Would Nuke," 5 Mar. 2018 Even worse, the exhaust from the solid rocker booster caused a pressure wave that bent a nearby strut. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How Astronaut John Young Tamed the Space Shuttle," 8 Jan. 2018 The pressure wave from the handle slamming down will force adhesive into the crack. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Repair Your Cracked Windshield," 9 Jan. 2018 Consumer experience Nuclear weapons produce a fireball, a radiation burst, a heat/light pulse, and a pressure wave. Rupert Goodwins, Ars Technica, "I’m a nuclear armageddon survivor: Ask me anything," 25 Nov. 2017 In addition to the heat of the explosion, this approach also creates a deadly pressure wave that is particularly damaging against enclosed spaces, including tanks, caves, and bunkers. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Rumors Swirl That Russia Has Dropped 'Father of All Bombs'," 8 Sep. 2017 Changes to that pressure wave, of course, translate to changes in the effective cylinder pressures, making the Skyactiv-X a de facto variable-compression engine. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "Mazda’s Gasoline Skyactiv-X SPCCI Engine Explained," 7 Sep. 2017

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1942, in the meaning defined above

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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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