sonic

adjective
son·​ic | \ ˈsä-nik How to pronounce sonic (audio) \

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)

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Other Words from sonic

sonically \ ˈsä-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce sonically (audio) \ adverb

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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.

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Platinum Sonic Toothbrush & UV Sanitizing Charging Base $50 Electric toothbrushes are far better for your teeth and gums than traditional brushes, and this sonic toothbrush even manages to clean itself after each use. Popular Mechanics, "All of These Gadgets Are an Extra 20% Off for Cyber Monday," 26 Nov. 2018 And oh what fantasies do his sonic landscapes conjure. New York Times, "13 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 28 June 2018 All thrive in a sonic landscape informed by art-rock and dream-pop and favor short, oblique songs enriched with wind instruments and lush strings. Ernesto Lechner, latimes.com, "Women reshaping the Buenos Aires music scene," 3 May 2018 Whatever the texture of the sonic landscape of your life may be, beneath it all is the same omnipresent din: the sound of cars. Kate Wagner, The Atlantic, "City Noise Might Be Making You Sick," 20 Feb. 2018 As rap has become the sound of the mainstream, the sonic landscape of the genre has become as varied as the U.S. is diverse. Raisa Bruner, Time, "How Rap Became the Sound of the Mainstream," 25 Jan. 2018 The music of improvising duo Go by Land (tubaist-electronicist Jonathan Piper and bassist-electronicist Michelle Lou) makes a fine sonic equivalent. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Ensemble dal Niente pianist Mabel Kwan on a playful post-smartphone look at David," 10 Jan. 2018 Once again in pop-music history, when hard anger meets soft vulnerability, the commingling almost always comes with a dose of beauty and a jolt of sonic possibility. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Linkin Park Gave to Pop Music," 25 June 2018 Not long afterward, the composer met the Indian flutist Hariprasad Chaurasia, traveled to India and Sri Lanka, and became fascinated by the sonic possibilities of South Asian music. Andrew Dickson, New York Times, "Opera’s Perfectionist Tries to Follow His Masterpiece," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of sonic

1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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sonic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sonic

: of or relating to sound, sound waves, or the speed of sound

sonic

adjective
son·​ic | \ ˈsä-nik How to pronounce sonic (audio) \

Kids Definition of sonic

: using, produced by, or relating to sound waves

sonic

adjective
son·​ic | \ ˈsän-ik How to pronounce sonic (audio) \

Medical Definition of sonic

1 : having a frequency within the audibility range of the human ear used of waves and vibrations
2 : utilizing, produced by, or relating to sound waves a sonic device used to rupture cell walls

Other Words from sonic

sonically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce sonically (audio) \ adverb

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