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 \ˈsä-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Recent Examples of sonic from the Web
Adding to the sonic explosion were bassist Tracy Ferrie, guitarist Gary Pihl, drummer Jeff Neal and newest member, keyboardist Beth Cohen – a stable unit dedicated to bringing the rock.
Kids who start a channel to share their sonic interests with friends may one day become label heads and partners with some of the most powerful industry execs in the world.
Announcer chatter about ERAs and RBIs is the main sonic accompaniment as one digs into one’s red sauce at a table covered in black cloth.
But Metallica had its own bolts of sonic lightning to blast at Comerica Park Wednesday night.
The Garden has a big sound – a bit like the Fray – with Tinsley’s unmistakable sonic presence.
The garb is a throwback to Revolutionary War times, when the colors musicians wore helped commanders track their sonic signal corps.
But a place with this kind of relentless competence — great service, great beer selection, tasty, repeatable recipes, a clear aesthetic and sonic vibe — can succeed on a grander scale.
Big-selling items will be meal programmers, sonic-wave cleaners and micro-wave cookers.
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Did You Know?
A sonic boom is an explosive sound created by a shock wave formed at the nose of an aircraft. In 1947 a plane piloted by Chuck Yeager burst the "sound barrier" and created the first sonic boom. In the decades afterward sonic booms became a familiar sound to Americans. (Because of steps that were eventually taken, sonic booms are rarely heard anymore.) Today sonic is often used by ambitious rock musicians to describe their experimental sounds.
First Known Use of sonic
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Definition of sonic for English Language Learners
: of or relating to sound, sound waves, or the speed of sound
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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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