Simple Definition of sonic
: of or relating to sound, sound waves, or the speed of sound
Full Definition of sonic
1 : utilizing, produced by, or relating to sound waves <sonic altimeter>; broadly : of or involving sound <sonic pollution>
2 : having a frequency within the audibility range of the human ear —used of waves and vibrations
3 : of, relating to, or being the speed of sound in air or about 761 miles per hour (1224 kilometers per hour) at sea level at 59°F (15°C)
sonicallyplay \-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
SONIC Defined for Kids
Definition of sonic for Students
: using, produced by, or relating to sound waves
Word Root of sonic
The Latin word sonāre, meaning “to make a noise,” gives us the root son. Words from the Latin sonāre have something to do with making noise. A sound is a noise made by someone or something. Something sonic uses the waves noises make as they travel through the air. A sonata is a musical piece in which only one instrument makes noise. To resound is to become filled with noise.
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