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blast wave

noun
1.
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
1935-1940
First recorded in 1935-40
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  • The blast wave they generate is significantly longer in duration and sometimes more powerful than that of conventional explosives.

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