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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Other Words from supersonic

Adjective

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

Examples of supersonic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Japan's military, which has spent decades focused solely on self-defense, is making a new kind of weapon to deliver an explosive payload at supersonic speeds. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Japan Is Developing a Unique Supersonic Glide Weapon," 16 Oct. 2018 Maybe a return to supersonic flight isn't that much a pipe dream after all. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "The Concorde Could Be Coming Back," 18 Sep. 2015 Why, for example, does the mothership appear to be some sort of sleek supersonic/hypersonic aircraft with what looks like ramjet engines? Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China Is Building a Spaceplane of Its Own," 8 Mar. 2018 Source: Data and analytics company FlightGlobal At the time, aircraft design was more focused on supersonic planes such as Europe’s 100-seat Concorde. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Last Rites for a Boeing 747," 6 June 2018 This is typically achieved by the use of scramjets, which use an aircraft’s forward motion to shovel air at supersonic speeds into the engine, causing thrust. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Air Force Is Pushing for a Hypersonic Strike Weapon," 11 June 2018 The Concorde, a British-French supersonic plane, made this a reality. Bill Van Niekerken, San Francisco Chronicle, "When the Concorde supersonic turbojet roared into the Bay Area," 30 May 2018 Outside of the Concorde's run between 1976 and 2003, supersonic travel has remained a largely elusive dream for commercial aviation, according to NBC News. Peter Holley, chicagotribune.com, "Flying from New York to London in two hours is on the horizon, Boeing says," 29 June 2018 Several makers are also developing supersonic private business jets. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "The Future of Flying: Flights Could Be Getting Much Shorter," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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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