shock wave

noun
|Updated on: 19 Jul 2018

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

  1. The decision created a shock wave of criticism.

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First Known Use of shock wave

1907

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of shock wave for English Language Learners

  • : a movement of extremely high air pressure that is caused by an explosion, an earthquake, etc.

  • : a usually negative response or reaction that many people have to a particular thing


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