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blast wave

a violent propagating disturbance, produced by an explosion in air, that consists of an abrupt rise in pressure followed by a drop in pressure to or below atmospheric pressure.
Also, blast.
Compare shock wave.
Origin of blast wave
1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The truck vanished in a thunderous flash, and a blast wave slammed into the walls.
  • Gray background indicates air density and shows a spherical blast wave that reflects from the ground.

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