Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “shock wave”

shock wave

noun [C]    
a sudden wave of increased pressure or temperature , caused by an explosion , an earthquake , or an object moving faster than the speed of sound Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions a very strong reaction that spreads through a group of people when something surprising or bad happens : The assassination of the president sent shock waves across the world .Reacting and responding
(Definition of shock wave noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of shock wave

Definitions of “shock wave” in other dictionaries

Translations of “shock wave”

Word of the Day

gastronomy

the art and knowledge involved in preparing and eating good food

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More