sonic barrier

noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Recently Earl Janda, who shoots high altitude stuff for North American, was assigned to record a Sabre Jet's instrument panel as the ship broke through the sonic barrier. James Joseph, Popular Mechanics, 31 Dec. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1945, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sonic barrier was in 1945

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“Sonic barrier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sonic%20barrier. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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