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shock wave

noun [C]  /ˈʃɑk ˌweɪv/ us  

shock wave noun [C] (REACTION TO NEWS)

a strong reaction within a group of people to an upsetting piece of news: The president’s sudden illness sent shock waves around the world.

shock wave noun [C] (INCREASE IN PRESSURE)

a sudden increase in pressure or temperature caused by an explosion or other violent or fast movement: The bomb’s shock wave tore the windshield off the truck.
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