shock wave


Definition of shock wave

1 : a compressional wave of high amplitude caused by a shock (as from an earthquake or explosion) to the medium through which the wave travels
2 : a violent often pulsating disturbance or reaction shock waves of rebellion

Examples of shock wave in a Sentence

The decision created a shock wave of criticism.
Recent Examples on the Web Ed Harris standing there for real at the end of that runway taking that shock wave. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 22 Aug. 2022 The blast set off a shock wave that was felt up to 230 feet away, Carrillo said. María Luisa Paúl, Washington Post, 16 Aug. 2022 The tiny-but-mighty pistol shrimp can snap its claws with sufficient force to produce a shock wave to stun its prey. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 12 July 2022 Two galaxy clusters collided, creating a massive shock wave stretching out over 1.6 million light-years long. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 21 June 2022 When shares of GameStop jumped1700% from December 2020 to January 2021, a shock wave hit even some of the most sophisticated investors and caused hedge fund Melvin Capital to shut down. Elisabeth Buchwald, USA TODAY, 24 Aug. 2022 That shock wave in turn produces collapsing bubbles that emit a barely-visible flash of light. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 12 July 2022 The far right has sent a shock wave through France's political establishment, winning a historic number of seats in Sunday's parliamentary elections with an unexpected surge. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 20 June 2022 Chandra X-ray Observatory spotted the shock wave earlier this month. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 21 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of shock wave

1907, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Sep 2022

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“Shock wave.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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