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compression wave

or compressional wave

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noun
  1. a shock wave that compresses the medium through which it is transmitted.

Origin of compression wave

First recorded in 1885–90
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Historical Examples

  • Indeed a compression-wave of this kind passes through the gas-mixture, heated by the combustion to a very high temperature.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 1

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