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.
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How to use bow wave in a sentence
Then he turned his glance to either side, watching the widespreading bow wave as it swept out over the lagoon.The Hero of Panama | F. S. Brereton
The boat was charging along at full speed, throwing aside a bow wave nearly as high as herself."Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea | Morgan Robertson
Furthermore, false killer whales are the only "blackfish" which are known to ride the bow wave of a ship.
They are often seen jumping clear of the water and habitually ride the bow wave of moving vessels.
They frequently come to the bow of a boat from considerable distances to ride in the bow wave and may ride for protracted periods.