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Bow Wave

A slang term for the initial shock of a change decreed by upper management. The term has a slightly negative connotation, but the situation is usually considered to be temporary.
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In 1970, George Chimonas (then at University of Toronto) deduced that a bow wave would form in the ionosphere--much like the wave created by a boat moving through water--as the Moon's supersonic shadow sped across Earth.
"If procurement plans now on the books are unchanged, we would have a bow wave that could swamp our program after the turn of the century."--Defense Science Board, May 1993
The full geometric model of the ship and sea surface with the wedge-like spilling waves and the ship bow waves is described in Section 2.
Stevebates101's composition, called Calm Seas, uses a long exposure to create a sense of stillness quite at odds with the bow waves being churned up by 60 sailing leviathans in today's Parade of Sail, as the Tall Ships leave the Mersey.
These capture the ship's bow waves, forcing them through the tunnels.
What is the smallest member of the toothed whale family, often seen swimming in ship's bow waves?
It can't be legislated and will bounce off of it like the bow waves at the prow of a great ship.
With pavements completely submerged, cars were forcing up bow waves several feet high.
They ran off downstream, their dorsals cutting wakes amidst the bow waves of coming salmon.
Scientists and seafarers have long wondered why dolphins sometimes travel in the bow waves of ships or in the wakes of small boats or larger marine mammals with seemingly little effort.
Because the Moon's shadow moved upersonically across Earth's surface, the disturbances in electron content that it created generated ionospheric bow waves, which were observed most clearly over the central and eastern U.S.
These atmospheric bow waves were observed in the ionosphere - a wide part of the planet's atmosphere that extends from about 100 kilometers to about 1,000 kilometers above the surface - during the Aug.