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shock wave

noun [C] (INCREASE IN PRESSURE)   /ˈʃɑk ˌweɪv/
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.
(Definition of shock wave noun (INCREASE IN PRESSURE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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