Meaning of shock wave in English:

shock wave

Pronunciation /ˈʃɒk weɪv/

Translate shock wave into Spanish


  • 1A sharp change of pressure in a narrow region travelling through a medium, especially air, caused by explosion or by a body moving faster than sound.

    ‘the shock waves of the explosion’
    • ‘At the site of the eruption the bang surely would have been deadly on its own, purely from sound pressure, like the shock wave of an atomic bomb.’
    • ‘The explosion caused a shock wave of flames like ripples in the water when a stone is cast in.’
    • ‘As a result, an aircraft creates a sudden discontinuity in pressure and temperature called a shock wave as it breaks the sound barrier.’
    • ‘First, the old iron core collapses under its own weight, which sends a shock wave blasting out through the rest of the star.’
    • ‘The touch of his lips sent a shock wave through her entire body.’
    • ‘I can feel earth tremble as the shock wave from the explosion reaches me.’
    • ‘My excitement was very short lived as the shock wave from the explosion rushed towards me.’
    • ‘The researchers also plan to measure the speed of the explosion's shock wave to get further data.’
    • ‘A shock wave travels at different speeds through the ground and through the air.’
    • ‘It didn't hurt at that moment, but a shock wave went through my body.’
    • ‘The shock wave is a layer of high density air that expands out from the blast very rapidly.’
    • ‘This collapse triggers a shock wave that blows off the star's outer mantle of gases, which we see as a supernova.’
    • ‘The stage blew up behind her, the shock wave sending her down onto the ground.’
    • ‘He jumped into the air closing his arms around himself for an instant then throwing them outwards sending a shock wave back down at me.’
    • ‘The molecule decomposes almost instantaneously when a supersonic shock wave passes through it.’
    • ‘The horror sent a shock wave through the police training community nationwide.’
    • ‘Over the last decade, a growth spurt has snowballed and sent out a shock wave.’
    • ‘That news sent a shock wave throughout the Valley and into neighboring West Virginia.’
    • ‘The material is moving highly supersonically and creates a shock wave ahead of it.’
    • ‘In the end, the narrow tip's supersonic motion through the air produces a shock wave.’
    side effect, consequence, entailment, corollary, concomitant
    1. 1.1usually shock wavesA widespread feeling of shock caused by an unexpected event.
      ‘the oil embargo sent shock waves through the American economy’
      • ‘The success of the Jews in driving Rome from Jerusalem sent shock waves throughout the Roman Empire.’
      • ‘The charges - which have stunned Iceland - will also send shockwaves through the UK high street.’
      • ‘The job losses are bound to create shock waves.’
      • ‘The announcement from Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams sent shockwaves through the republican movement.’
      • ‘No question, the crisis sent huge shock waves throughout Thai society.’
      • ‘The result of the first round of the presidential election last April sent shock waves through the central offices of the Communist Party.’
      • ‘A few years ago, two small studies sent shock waves through the soy research community.’
      • ‘Swimming in Melbourne in October 1962, Dawn sent a shock wave throughout the world of swimming with an astounding 59.9 seconds.’
      • ‘The twin comments have sent shockwaves through world financial markets.’
      • ‘Pauric Sweeney, the Donegal-born designer who has been sending shock-waves through the London fashion world is heading our way.’
      • ‘The latest loyalist feud is sending further shock waves through the pro-Agreement camp in unionism.’
      • ‘News of his death sent shock waves through the British working class.’
      • ‘The attacks sent shock waves through the media center.’
      • ‘The new allegation sent shock waves through a university still reeling from the massive fallout over last year's scandal.’
      • ‘In June of 1989, the Washington Times published a story that sent shock waves across Capitol Hill.’
      • ‘Analysts suggest that the conflict in Georgia has sent shockwaves through countries that once lay behind the Iron Curtain.’
      • ‘Anxiety is mounting that the strike and political standoff in Venezuela could send economic shock waves throughout the region.’
      • ‘The demise of Enron, a highly respected energy trading firm, dented investor confidence in corporate America, and sent shock waves through the financial markets.’
      • ‘His death sent shock waves through France, and way beyond.’