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shock wave

n.
1. A large-amplitude compression wave, as that produced by an explosion or by supersonic motion of a body in a medium.
2. A severe disruption, disturbance, or reaction: The bad news sent shock waves through the stock market.

shock wave

n
1. (General Physics) a region across which there is a rapid pressure, temperature, and density rise, usually caused by a body moving supersonically in a gas or by a detonation. Often shortened to: shock See also sonic boom, shock tube
2. a feeling of shock, horror, surprise, etc that affects many people as it spreads through a community
3. (Civil Engineering) the effect created on a queue of moving cars in the lane of a motorway when one car brakes suddenly and the cars behind have to brake as well, causing cars to slow down, sometimes for miles behind the first braking car

shock′ wave`


n.
1. a region of abrupt change of pressure and density moving as a wave front at or above the velocity of sound.
2. a repercussion from a startling event.
[1945–50]

shock wave

A large-amplitude wave formed by the sudden compression of the medium through which the wave moves. Shock waves can be caused by explosions or by objects moving through a fluid at a speed greater than the speed of sound. Because the waves generated in the fluid by the rapid movement cannot move at a speed greater than the speed of sound (thereby keeping pace with the object that caused them to form), they pile up and become compressed together.

shock wave

The continuously propagated pressure pulse formed by the blast from an explosion in air, under water or under ground. See also blast wave.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shock wave - a region of high pressure travelling through a gas at a high velocity; "the explosion created a shock wave"
undulation, wave - (physics) a movement up and down or back and forth
sonic boom - an explosive sound caused by the shock wave of an airplane traveling faster than the speed of sound; "a sonic boom follows an aircraft as a wake follows a ship"
Translations
ona de xoc
SchockwelleStoßwelle
onda de choque
onda d'urto
schokgolf
fala uderzeniowa
onda de choque
chockfrontchockvåg

shock wave

n (of explosion, earthquake) → onda d'urto (fig) shock waves nplimpatto msg
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THE FOOD AND DRUG Administration has approved the marketing of a device that uses acoustic shock waves to boost wound closure in patients with diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs), an especially stubborn and dangerous condition.
Researchers studied 15-year-long datasets taken from Department of Defense satellites and NASA's TIMED satellite and discovered that CMEs surging toward Earth create shock waves that deliver tremendous energy into the upper atmosphere, expanding and heating it in the process.
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Due to the complexity of shock waves and boundary layers interaction, the use of the traditional techniques, like the method of characteristic or streamline tracing, becomes inadequate for preliminary design stage.
Shock waves travel faster than the speed of sound, said Dr.
At this time, t = 208 [micro]s, after the incident shock hits the sphere one can see clearly the incident and the reflected shock waves.
For simplicity, we restrict ourselves to considering the above situation; that is, the solution of the Riemann problem at the origin (0, 0) is two shock waves [S.
Gu, Experimental Investigation and Numerical Simulation Studies of Propagating Characters of Exploding Shock Waves in Shallow-Layer Water, PLA University of Science and Technology, 2000.
Based on the previously measured concentrations of galactic cosmic rays, many scientists suspect that the particles get flung toward Earth in the shock waves of exploding stars.
SANUWAVE added that the claims of the US patent (patent number 8,728,809) relate to the use of shock waves for stimulation of proliferation inside the body of donor stem cells.
Propagating explosion and detonation shock waves; the resulting dynamic deformation, fracture, and processing of materials; and new applications of shock waves are discussed in 44 selected papers.
The team plans to look for evidence of similar reverse shock waves in other young supernova remnants.