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shock wave

noun as in sudden strong wave

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Whenever theorists tried to model these intricate particle motions and interactions in computer simulations, the supernova’s shock wave would stall and fall back on itself.

Should the plane exceed the speed of sound — dubbed Mach 1 — the waves coalesce into a potentially destructive shock wave called a sonic boom.

He described it as an expanding shock wave from a galactic calamity dating back millions of years.

As a plane approached the sound barrier, the speed of the air passing over the thick wings of that era’s aircraft exceeded Mach 1, producing shock waves that could tear apart the plane.

These shock waves form as air molecules slam into each other, piling up molecules into a high-density, high-pressure and high-temperature wave.

The Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia has sent a shock wave through the Arab world.

I awoke in mid-air, as the shock wave hurled me against the bedroom's far wall.

There was a terrific flash of flame and a shock wave of concussion.

What would the situation there be as to the shock wave which you have heretofore described?

The shock wave hit Gordon, knocking him from his feet into the crowd around him.

Recoiling in anticipation of the dread shock wave, Dirrul hurled himself at the Chief.

As the plane roared on—rocking from the shock wave of the explosion—Joe saw a crater and a boiling cloud of smoke and flying sand.


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On this page you'll find 4 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to shock wave, such as: compression wave, and seismic wave.

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