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 The CityXGuide case, which sent an unwelcome shock wave through its seedy online community, reflects almost two years of work by Nealy Cox’s office, which operates in a state that serves as a human trafficking hub. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "Feds rescue a 13-year-old girl from sex trafficker and take down online successor to Dallas’ notorious Backpage site," 24 June 2020 Cotton's op-ed created a shock wave of condemnation from New York Times employees who said his views put black staffers at the paper's lives in danger. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Tom Cotton returns to New York Times with anti-Biden ads," 10 June 2020 The president’s announcement sent shock waves through the political and medical community, with many denouncing the move. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "'We really do not know': NHS staff to test hydroxychloroquine as coronavirus preventative measure," 21 May 2020 Economic shock waves from the coronavirus pandemic and shelter-in-place orders continue to devastate American workers, as 3.8 million people filed new unemployment claims last week, the U.S. Labor Department said Thursday. Carolyn Said,, "Coronavirus unemployment: 3.8 million new claims last week," 30 Apr. 2020 Typical supersonic aircraft create a sonic boom when shock waves from the nose and tail merge; because of the X-59’s distinctive shape, those two ripples never do that, so the resulting sound is more like far-away thunder or a dull thump. Popular Science, "The most impressive aerospace innovations of 2019," 3 Dec. 2019 The coronavirus, which sent shock waves through supply chains in Asia, along with growing tensions with the Chinese government, has added new pressures for government action, industry executives said. Don Clark, New York Times, "T.S.M.C. Is Set to Build a U.S. Chip Facility, a Win for Trump," 14 May 2020 Any problem there would be enough to send shock waves through global financial markets and Europe’s weakened banking system. Viktoria Dendrinou,, "Italy’s Broken Finances Bring Back Fears of Messy Euro Divorce," 13 May 2020 His death sends shock waves through the coastal fishing business. Lawrence Specker |, al, "A timeline of Deepwater Horizon disaster in Alabama," 19 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of shock wave

1907, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 Jun 2020

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“Shock wave.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of shock wave

: 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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