shock wave Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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shock wavenoun [C]

uk   us  
a ​suddenwave of ​increasedpressure or ​temperature, ​caused by an ​explosion, an earthquake, or an ​objectmovingfaster than the ​speed of ​sound a very ​strongreaction that ​spreads through a ​group of ​people when something ​surprising or ​badhappens: The ​assassination of the ​president sentshockwavesacross the ​world.
(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.
(Definition of shock wave from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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