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bow wave

  1. the wave generated on either side of a vessel's bow by its forward movement through the water.
  2. a type of shock wave formed in front of a body moving at supersonic speed.
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Origin of bow wave

First recorded in 1875–80
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of bow wave

  • A moment later we heard the familiar rush of a destroyer's bow-wave, and the ringing of her telegraph as she checked.

    Gun running for Casement in the Easter rebellion, 1916

    Karl Spindler

  • The prone gunman slid out of the wide double door, pushing a bow-wave of detergent before him.

    The Ambulance Made Two Trips

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • In front you see the bow-wave and behind the body a phenomenon k which closely resembles the eddies formed in the wake of a ship.

  • No general attempt was made to disguise the bow, because the bow-wave was generally visible.

    Visual Illusions

    Matthew Luckiesh