shock tube

noun

an apparatus in which a gas is heated to very high temperatures by means of a shock wave, usually for spectroscopic investigation of the natures and reactions of the resulting radicals and excited molecules

Nearby words

  1. shock lung,
  2. shock radio,
  3. shock therapy,
  4. shock treatment,
  5. shock troops,
  6. shock wave,
  7. shock-horror,
  8. shock-resistant,
  9. shock-test,
  10. shocked

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Examples from the Web for shock tube

  • The Rogan leader, two of his surviving arms propping feebly against the bench, was pointing a shock-tube squarely at him!

  • While the Rogan leader was still several feet away, she retrieved the shock-tube.

  • As he walked he kept his gaze covertly on that shock-tube that dangled in the leader's grasp.