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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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  • No general attempt was made to disguise the bow, because the bow-wave was generally visible.

    Visual Illusions Matthew Luckiesh
  • A moment later we heard the familiar rush of a destroyer's bow-wave, and the ringing of her telegraph as she checked.

  • The prone gunman slid out of the wide double door, pushing a bow-wave of detergent before him.

    The Ambulance Made Two Trips William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • In front you see the bow-wave and behind the body a phenomenon k which closely resembles the eddies formed in the wake of a ship.

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