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Meaning of “shock wave” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of shock wave from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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shock wavenoun [C]

 us   /ˈʃɑk ˌweɪv/
  • shock wave noun [C] (REACTION TO NEWS)

a ​strongreaction within a ​group of ​people to an ​upsettingpiece of ​news: The president’s ​suddenillnesssent shock waves around the ​world.
  • shock wave noun [C] (INCREASE IN PRESSURE)

a ​suddenincrease in ​pressure or ​temperature caused by an ​explosion or other ​violent or ​fastmovement: The bomb’s shock wave ​tore the ​windshield off the ​truck.
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