Definition of Shock wave

1. Noun. A region of high pressure travelling through a gas at a high velocity. "The explosion created a shock wave"

Exact synonyms: Blast Wave
Generic synonyms: Undulation, Wave
Specialized synonyms: Sonic Boom

Definition of Shock wave

1. Noun. (physics) A powerful compression wave produced by the movement of a body through a fluid or gas at a velocity greater than the local speed of sound. ¹

2. Noun. Any violent disturbance. ¹

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Medical Definition of Shock wave

1. Wave produced (for example, in a gas or plasma) as a result of a sudden violent disturbance. To produce a shock wave in a given region, the disturbance must take place in a shorter time than the time required for sound waves to traverse the region. (09 Oct 1997)

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Literary usage of Shock wave

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1. The Medical Implications of Nuclear War by Fredric Solomon, Robert Q. Marston (1986)
"ness, and the shock wave has broken away from it, already reaching a range of ... When the primary shock wave from the explosion reaches the ground (see ..."

2. Permafrost: North American Contribution [to The] Second International Conference by Building Research Advisory Board Staff (1973)
"SHOCK-WAVE STUDIES OF ICE AND TWO FROZEN SOILS [1] Donald B. Larson, Glenn D. Bearson, and James R. Taylor UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA Livermore, ..."

3. The U. S. Coal Industry, 1970-1990: Two Decades of ChangeTechno (1994)
"The hydraulic shock wave of an underwater explosion consists of an initial ... The initial high-intensity shock wave is the result of the violent creation ..."

4. Debris Impact On Emergency Coolant Recirculation: Workshop Proceedings by U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (2004)
"Experiments show that the shock wave may cause substantial damage to even ... In order for a shock wave to occur, the break opening time (EOT) must be on ..."

5. Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society by Cambridge Philosophical Society (1843)
"(i) A shock wave ce-^zh}S(ct-ra)/r0 on the front of the incident wave. The exponential factor indicates only a very slight variation of the intensity with ..."

6. The Military Dictionary (1987)
"... Sec reference box. reflected shock wave—(DOD) When a shock wave traveling in ... part of the energy of the shock wave induces a shock wave in the denser ..."

7. Biographical Memoirs by National Academy Of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences Staff, Caroline K. McEuen (1980)
"He decided that observation of the acoustic shock wave of the explosions was what was needed. Upon reading the results of the work of DuMond and associates ..."

8. Plasma Physics Of The Local Cosmos by National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, Committee on Solar and Space Physics (2004)
"By analogy, a shock wave should be produced in front of an object, ... Forty years ago, the analogue of a hydrodynamic shock wave in a plasma was a hotly ..."

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