Definition of shock wave in English:

shock wave

noun

  • 1A sharp change of pressure in a narrow region travelling through a medium, especially air, caused by explosion or by a body moving faster than sound.

    ‘the shock waves of the explosion’
    • ‘My excitement was very short lived as the shock wave from the explosion rushed towards me.’
    • ‘The horror sent a shock wave through the police training community nationwide.’
    • ‘First, the old iron core collapses under its own weight, which sends a shock wave blasting out through the rest of the star.’
    • ‘I can feel earth tremble as the shock wave from the explosion reaches me.’
    • ‘Over the last decade, a growth spurt has snowballed and sent out a shock wave.’
    • ‘That news sent a shock wave throughout the Valley and into neighboring West Virginia.’
    • ‘This collapse triggers a shock wave that blows off the star's outer mantle of gases, which we see as a supernova.’
    • ‘In the end, the narrow tip's supersonic motion through the air produces a shock wave.’
    • ‘At the site of the eruption the bang surely would have been deadly on its own, purely from sound pressure, like the shock wave of an atomic bomb.’
    • ‘The material is moving highly supersonically and creates a shock wave ahead of it.’
    • ‘The shock wave is a layer of high density air that expands out from the blast very rapidly.’
    • ‘It didn't hurt at that moment, but a shock wave went through my body.’
    • ‘He jumped into the air closing his arms around himself for an instant then throwing them outwards sending a shock wave back down at me.’
    • ‘As a result, an aircraft creates a sudden discontinuity in pressure and temperature called a shock wave as it breaks the sound barrier.’
    • ‘A shock wave travels at different speeds through the ground and through the air.’
    • ‘The touch of his lips sent a shock wave through her entire body.’
    • ‘The explosion caused a shock wave of flames like ripples in the water when a stone is cast in.’
    • ‘The stage blew up behind her, the shock wave sending her down onto the ground.’
    • ‘The molecule decomposes almost instantaneously when a supersonic shock wave passes through it.’
    • ‘The researchers also plan to measure the speed of the explosion's shock wave to get further data.’
    side effect, consequence, entailment, corollary, concomitant
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    1. 1.1A widespread feeling of shock caused by an unexpected event.
      ‘the oil embargo sent shock waves through the American economy’
      • ‘The twin comments have sent shockwaves through world financial markets.’
      • ‘Anxiety is mounting that the strike and political standoff in Venezuela could send economic shock waves throughout the region.’
      • ‘His death sent shock waves through France, and way beyond.’
      • ‘Analysts suggest that the conflict in Georgia has sent shockwaves through countries that once lay behind the Iron Curtain.’
      • ‘A few years ago, two small studies sent shock waves through the soy research community.’
      • ‘The success of the Jews in driving Rome from Jerusalem sent shock waves throughout the Roman Empire.’
      • ‘The assassination sent shock waves throughout the Middle East.’
      • ‘In June of 1989, the Washington Times published a story that sent shock waves across Capitol Hill.’
      • ‘Pauric Sweeney, the Donegal-born designer who has been sending shock-waves through the London fashion world is heading our way.’
      • ‘News of his death sent shock waves through the British working class.’
      • ‘The latest loyalist feud is sending further shock waves through the pro-Agreement camp in unionism.’
      • ‘The new allegation sent shock waves through a university still reeling from the massive fallout over last year's scandal.’
      • ‘Swimming in Melbourne in October 1962, Dawn sent a shock wave throughout the world of swimming with an astounding 59.9 seconds.’
      • ‘The job losses are bound to create shock waves.’
      • ‘The attacks sent shock waves through the media center.’
      • ‘The result of the first round of the presidential election last April sent shock waves through the central offices of the Communist Party.’
      • ‘The charges - which have stunned Iceland - will also send shockwaves through the UK high street.’
      • ‘The demise of Enron, a highly respected energy trading firm, dented investor confidence in corporate America, and sent shock waves through the financial markets.’
      • ‘The announcement from Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams sent shockwaves through the republican movement.’
      • ‘No question, the crisis sent huge shock waves throughout Thai society.’

Pronunciation:

shock wave

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