supersonic

adjective
su·​per·​son·​ic | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈsä-nik \

Definition of supersonic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : of, being, or relating to speeds from one to five times the speed of sound in air — compare sonic
3 : moving, capable of moving, or utilizing air currents moving at supersonic speed
4 : relating to supersonic airplanes or missiles the supersonic age

supersonic

noun

Definition of supersonic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a supersonic wave or frequency
2 : a supersonic airplane

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Adjective

supersonically \ ˌsü-​pər-​ˈsä-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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When the Concorde supersonic jet was fitted with new tires and bulletproof tanks following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, Barr was onboard as British Airways relaunched the London-to-New York service. Danica Kirka, Fox News, "Veteran AP reporter, editor Robert Barr dies at age 71," 31 Aug. 2018 Introduced in 1978, the Backfire is a large, swing-wing nuclear-capable supersonic bomber with a combat range of approximately 3,400 miles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia’s Aging Bomber Could Sling Mach 10 Missiles," 5 July 2018 The 7th Bomb Wing flies the B-1B Lancer, a supersonic conventional bomber, out of Dyess, while Little Rock Air Force Base is a training hub for the C-130 Hercules, a troop and cargo plane. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "Government looks to house 20,000 immigrant kids on military bases in Texas, Arkansas," 21 June 2018 The company said Wednesday that the test was intended to obtain data on supersonic-handling qualities and thermal dynamics. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Richard Branson’s Space-Tourism Company Rockets Out of Atmosphere for First Time," 13 Dec. 2018 Going supersonic meant that aerodynamics couldn't be ignored any longer though. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Bloodhound SSC: How do you build a car capable of 1,000mph?," 24 Nov. 2018 The supersonic Marine version can take off over a short distance and land vertically, like a helicopter. Frank Miles, Fox News, "Stealthy F-35 fighter sees 1st combat action," 27 Sep. 2018 But Craig said new technologies and designs for supersonic and hypersonic aircraft are making high-speed air travel more attractive to travelers. Denise Chow /, NBC News, "Boeing's planned hypersonic airliner could fly from NYC to London in two hours," 28 June 2018 For traveling farther, there are supersonic flights and subterranean trains, but those methods remain expensive and inflexible. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The World of 2045," 14 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But this is the year the FAA will once again open the door to supersonics. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Supersonic Airliners Are About to Take Off. Again.," 7 Jan. 2019 The Devils landed winger Patrick Maroon, no stranger to riding shotgun beside former superstar teammates like Connor McDavid and Ryan Getzlaf, as well as the supersonic Michael Grabner last Thursday. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "What Deadline Deals Mean for the Stanley Cup Chase," 27 Feb. 2018 Simply put, not enough passengers could afford to fly supersonic. Jeff Wise, Popular Mechanics, "Why All Airliners Look the Same," 28 Feb. 2017 The SuperSonics had back-to-back picks, Nos. 6 and 7, after their championship and took Rutgers’ James Bailey ahead of Johnson. cleveland.com, "NBA draft: 10 of the best picks made by defending champions," 20 June 2017 To this day, basketball fans in Seattle are upset that their beloved SuperSonics left in 2008 for Oklahoma City. Kevin Spain, USA TODAY, "Why Sacramento still has an NBA team and Seattle doesn't," 16 June 2017

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First Known Use of supersonic

Adjective

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

circa 1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for supersonic

Adjective

Latin super- + sonus sound — more at sound entry 1

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supersonic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of supersonic

: faster than the speed of sound

supersonic

adjective
su·​per·​son·​ic | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈsä-nik \

Kids Definition of supersonic

1 : above the normal range of human hearing
2 : having a speed from one to five times that of sound a supersonic airplane

supersonic

adjective
su·​per·​son·​ic | \ -ˈsän-ik \

Medical Definition of supersonic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : of, being, or relating to speeds from one to five times the speed of sound in air — compare sonic
3 : moving, capable of moving, or utilizing air currents moving at supersonic speed
4 : relating to supersonic airplanes or missiles the supersonic age

Other Words from supersonic

supersonically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

supersonic

noun

Medical Definition of supersonic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a supersonic wave or frequency
2 : a supersonic airplane

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