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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If that’s the case, then perhaps a big bomber like the B-1, or many smaller jets, could instead fly low and fast over wildfires, using the pressure waves from sonic booms to snuff out fires. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Should the U.S. Air Force Bomb Forest Fires?," 8 Aug. 2018 The fast collapse generates pressure waves that leave the fluid as sound waves. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Cavitation dilemma resolved in knuckle-cracking model," 5 Apr. 2018 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

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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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