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 In 1976, British Airways and Air France inaugurated scheduled passenger service on the supersonic Concorde jet. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history — Jan. 21," 22 Jan. 2020 During a supernova event, heavy elements shoot from the white dwarf's core at supersonic speeds. Rachel Berkowitz, Scientific American, "Mapping the Remains of Supernovae," 22 Dec. 2019 Van Halen’s supersonic, super-catchy 1978 album reinvented and rejuvenated heavy music. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Close encounters of the Van Halen kind," 8 Jan. 2020 In 1977, regular passenger service between New York and Europe on the supersonic Concorde began on a trial basis. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history - The Boston Globe," 22 Nov. 2019 After the fatal 2000 crash of the supersonic Concorde in France, which killed 113 people, British Airways employees were the first passengers in a test flight that was designed to demonstrate the safety of the plane. Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times, "Fixing the 737 Max has been hard. Getting people aboard may be harder," 10 Oct. 2019 The flight of the F-4 Phantom, a supersonic fighter, took place in December 1986 after a Lear jet flown from California to Fargo to pick up the heart broke down in cold weather. USA TODAY, "Fugitive pig, proverb library, sodium warnings: News from around our 50 states," 16 Sep. 2019 Already, scientists know that the gustier, supersonic breaths originate from cold, magnetic holes in the solar corona. National Geographic, "The sun keeps getting stranger, dive-bombing solar probe shows," 4 Dec. 2019 Her supersonic pace falls somewhere between the speed of a debater on a dwindling rebuttal clock and a meandering philosophy professor on the cusp of making a brilliant point. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "Tomi Adeyemi Makes Magic. Again.," 3 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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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Cite this Entry

“Supersonic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/supersonic. Accessed 20 Feb. 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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