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

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.

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Much of their noise is in the same sonic sweet spot orcas use to hunt and communicate. The Seattle Times, "How our noise is hurting orcas’ search for salmon," 19 May 2019 The desired sonic capabilities of the GW100 would not be possible without decades of experience in driver design. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Grado’s first wireless headphones are now available for $249," 11 Oct. 2018 Consider this your immediate sonic trip to the islands and a lounge chair. Natalie Maher, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Drinking Songs to Raise a Glass To," 29 Mar. 2019 That motto may have worked for modernists who examined relations between color and line, or created dense narratives, or invented challenging sonic structures. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘The Rise of Everyday Design: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and America’ Review: Reformist, Yet Committed to Beauty," 11 Feb. 2019 In January, an audience at the New School was treated to a surprising sonic shift: placid jazz quickly evolving into punishing metal. Hank Shteamer, New York Times, "Dan Weiss’s Starebaby Mines the Loud Ground Where Jazz and Metal Meet," 29 Mar. 2018 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

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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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