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bow shock

[bou] /baʊ/
noun, Astronomy
1.
the shock front along which the solar wind encounters a planet's magnetic field.
Origin of bow shock
1945-1950
1945-50
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Contemporary definitions for bow shock
noun

a supersonic shock wave created when a solar wind collides with another medium, such as a planet's magnetic field

Examples

Bow shock is quite similar to the shock forming ahead of the wing of a supersonic airplane.

Word Origin

patterned on bow wave, which a boat makes in the water due to the motion of the boat in the water

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