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water hammer

noun
1.
the concussion and accompanying noise that result when a volume of water moving in a pipe suddenly stops or loses momentum.
Origin of water hammer
1795-1805
First recorded in 1795-1805
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  • If air cushions were not provided, the "water hammer" would frequently crack or break the pipes.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
British Dictionary definitions for water hammer

water hammer

noun
1.
a sharp concussion produced when the flow of water in a pipe is suddenly blocked
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