the loss of lift and increase of drag experienced by transonic aircraft when strong shock waves on the wings cause the airflow to separate from the wing surfaces
verb (used with object) 1. to test (equipment or matériel) for resistance to sudden impact or stress.
plural noun, Military. 1. troops especially selected, trained, and equipped for engaging in assault. shock troops plural noun 1. soldiers specially trained and equipped to carry out an assault
- Shock tube
noun 1. 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
/ˌʃɒkjuːˈmɛntərɪ; -trɪ/ noun (pl) -ies 1. a television programme showing members of the public in shocking or violent situations