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bow wave

[bou] /baʊ/
the wave generated on either side of a vessel's bow by its forward movement through the water.
a type of shock wave formed in front of a body moving at supersonic speed.
Origin of bow wave
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • What's interesting is that the trajectory of the smaller ball follows the bow wave created by the larger ball.
  • Now it is a roiling brown, and the cargo boats throw up a huge bow wave as they inch upriver.
  • Often groups of dolphins will come to a boat and ride the bow wave for long distances.
  • Another concern is the bow wave from a high speed train.
  • The managers and owners were pushing a new, clean marina bow wave of change.
  • Should dolphins or porpoises choose to ride the bow wave of your vessel, avoid sudden course changes.

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