Definition of “shock wave” - English Dictionary

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

“shock wave” in American English

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shock wavenoun [ C ]

us /ˈʃɑk ˌweɪv/

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.

(Definition of “shock wave” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)