from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A shock wave produced when a moving object emits particles or waves into the medium through which it is moving.

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  • noun fluid dynamics a shock wave formed by the bow of an object travelling at supersonic speed
  • noun astronomy the region of the magnetosphere in which the solar wind slows from supersonic to subsonic
  • noun bow wave


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