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
That rhetorical question aside, U.K.’s Mount Kimbie duo are forebears of the genre, couriers of an evolutionary phase shift in electronic music that solders ambient, brain-twisting hooks together into a curious sonic puzzle.
High-profile collaborations with Drake, Calvin Harris and the Weeknd helped make Future’s sonic approach the default sound of contemporary popular music.
As always, the 18th LAMC will cover wide musical territory, both physical and sonic.
A Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FFWC) researcher a few years ago placed a sonic counting device in the pass and concluded that there are at least 10,000 fish in the waters at peak periods.
And nobody exploited that sonic combo better than the Allman Brothers Band, led by Gregg on keys and his brother Duane on guitar.
Throughout, the prog-rock synth sounds conjure echoes of the vintage films of William Friedkin, Michael Mann and perhaps a hint of Assault on Precinct 13 John Carpenter, and yet the sonic carpeting never feels derivative.
This lightly accessorized silence is the sonic backdrop of L.A.’s expensive neighborhoods.
On the invitation of Proyecta Oaxaca, several artists from the Antivj visual label have devised four visual and sonic works to be installed at the heart of the Ethnobotanical Garden in Oaxaca.
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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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