Definition of shock wave noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    shock wave

    BrE BrE//ˈʃɒk weɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃɑːk weɪv//
    Natural disasters
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  1. 1a movement of very high air pressure that is caused by an explosion, earthquake, etc. See related entries: Natural disasters
  2. 2shock waves [plural] feelings of shock that people experience when something bad happens suddenly The murder sent shock waves through the whole community.
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