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compression wave

or compressional wave

a shock wave that compresses the medium through which it is transmitted.
Compare expansion wave.
Origin of compression wave
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Thus a compression wave will move to the end of the spring, where it will be reflected and return.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • He knew the compression wave caused by his movement would warn all living creatures.

    The Flying Stingaree Harold Leland Goodwin

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