sound barrier


Definition of sound barrier

: a sudden large increase in aerodynamic drag that occurs as the speed of an aircraft approaches the speed of sound

Examples of sound barrier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During the ceremony, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla discussed California’s contributions to science and space, noting that California was where Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 June 2022 The news comes after a Global 7500 test vehicle broke the sound barrier during a demonstration flight last May, achieving speeds of more than Mach 1.015. Tamara Hardingham-gill, CNN, 23 May 2022 This film heralds the return of the summer blockbuster, and is a catalyst that will accelerate demand for moviegoing like an F-18 breaking the sound barrier. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 30 May 2022 Forget breaking the sound barrier: Tom Cruise just flew past a major career milestone. Lindsey Bahr, ajc, 29 May 2022 Forget breaking the sound barrier: Tom Cruise just flew past a major career milestone. Lindsey Bahr, Chicago Tribune, 29 May 2022 The recent analysis, which includes traffic patterns projected in 2050 once both the widening project is complete and the Islamic Center site is built out, calls for further assessment for a sound barrier. Suzanne Baker,, 8 Feb. 2022 Other decisions did not hold up as well, particularly putting Mr. Uriu’s office directly above Ms. O’Mara’s studio, with no wall to act as a sound barrier. New York Times, 14 Jan. 2022 Scott was fascinated to share the stories of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, astronaut Buzz Aldrin and test pilot Chuck Yeager, who broke the sound barrier. Diane Bellcolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sound barrier

1939, in the meaning defined above

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“Sound barrier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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