supersonic

adjective
su·​per·​son·​ic | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈsä-nik How to pronounce supersonic (audio) \

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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Other Words from supersonic

Adjective

supersonically \ ˌsü-​pər-​ˈsä-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce supersonically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of supersonic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Where things are more unknown is the fussy, often spooky aerodynamics of supersonic flight. Eric Adams, Wired, "How to Design a Supersonic Plane for the (Fairly Rich) Masses," 15 Oct. 2020 Boeing is trimming research and development spending in part by phasing out Boeing NeXt, a two-year-old unit focused on futuristic concepts from flying cars to a supersonic business jet. Julie Johnsson, Bloomberg.com, "Boeing Prepares Deeper Cuts From Executive Ranks to Real Estate," 26 Sep. 2020 If successful, the X-59 project could help pave the way for relatively quiet supersonic flight over US soil. Rob Verger, Popular Science, "Air Force transport jets for VIPs could have a supersonic future," 10 Sep. 2020 This including performing a backflip on a supersonic Tupolev Tu-144 aircraft. Noura Abou Zeinab, CNN, "Watch biker Adrian Guggemos turn an automobile museum into a stunt park," 21 Aug. 2020 During his time at Edwards, Dwight flew jets such as the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter, a supersonic aircraft capable of soaring into the high atmosphere where the pilot could observe the curvature of the Earth. Shareef Jackson, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ed Dwight Was Going to Be the First African American in Space. Until He Wasn’t," 18 Feb. 2020 Here, this paper on supersonic meteors might be useful. Rhett Allain, Wired, "The Cool Physics of a Supersonic Baseball," 23 Sep. 2020 An extreme biker performs outrageous stunts on a supersonic plane. Ben Church, CNN, "Must-watch sports videos of the week," 22 Aug. 2020 The companies, which have worked together since 2018, will explore opportunities in hypersonic and supersonic flight. Charlotte Ryan, Bloomberg.com, "Rolls-Royce Boosts Supersonic Propulsion Effort in Reaction Deal," 19 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Low Boom Flight Demonstrator Project hopes to revive commercial supersonic by reducing a jet’s sonic boom. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Is Building Its Supersonic X-Plane Out of Old Warbirds," 16 Mar. 2020 There’s no amount of computing power that can make the Wright Flyer supersonic. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian, "Human Ancestors May Have Evolved the Physical Ability to Speak More Than 25 Million Years Ago," 11 Dec. 2019 Virgin Galactic, on its fifth supersonic, rocket- powered test flight, successfully sent passenger Beth Moses, the company's Chief Astronaut Instructor, to the edge of space, the first non-pilot to ever fly on a commercial aircraft. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Virgin Galactic Reaches the Edge of Space—This Time With a Passenger in Tow," 22 Feb. 2019 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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The first known use of supersonic was in 1919

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22 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Supersonic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/supersonic. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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supersonic

adjective
How to pronounce supersonic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of supersonic

: faster than the speed of sound

supersonic

adjective
su·​per·​son·​ic | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈsä-nik How to pronounce supersonic (audio) \

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 How to pronounce supersonic (audio) \

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 How to pronounce supersonically (audio) \ 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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