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supersonic

adjective su·per·son·ic \ ˌsü-pər-ˈsä-nik \
Updated on: 14 May 2018

Definition of supersonic

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

supersonically

play \ˌsü-pər-ˈsä-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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Origin and Etymology of supersonic

Latin super- + sonus sound — more at 1sound


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supersonic

noun

Definition of supersonic

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

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First Known Use of supersonic

circa 1924

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SUPERSONIC Defined for English Language Learners

supersonic

Definition of supersonic for English Language Learners

  • : faster than the speed of sound


SUPERSONIC Defined for Kids

supersonic

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

Definition of supersonic for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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supersonic

adjective su·per·son·ic \ -ˈsän-ik \

medical Definition of supersonic

1 : ultrasonic 1
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

supersonically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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supersonic

noun

medical Definition of supersonic

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


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