supersonic

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adjective

su·​per·​son·​ic ˌsü-pər-ˈsä-nik How to pronounce supersonic (audio)
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: of, being, or relating to speeds from one to five times the speed of sound in air compare sonic
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: moving, capable of moving, or utilizing air currents moving at supersonic speed
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: relating to supersonic airplanes or missiles
the supersonic age
supersonically adverb

supersonic

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noun

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: a supersonic wave or frequency
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: a supersonic airplane

Examples of supersonic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
In 1976, regular supersonic flights began between Washington, D.C., and Europe aboard the Concorde. The Arizona Republic, 24 May 2024 The Concorde, the world’s first commercial supersonic aircraft, didn’t help. J. George Gorant, Robb Report, 8 May 2024
Noun
The Low Boom Flight Demonstrator Project hopes to revive commercial supersonic by reducing a jet’s sonic boom. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 16 Mar. 2020 There’s no amount of computing power that can make the Wright Flyer supersonic. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian, 11 Dec. 2019 See all Example Sentences for supersonic 

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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

First Known Use

Adjective

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

circa 1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
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 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

supersonic

adjective
su·​per·​son·​ic
ˌsü-pər-ˈsän-ik
1
2
: of, being, or relating to speeds from one to five times the speed of sound in air
3
: moving, capable of moving, or using air currents moving at supersonic speed
a supersonic airplane
supersonically
-i-k(ə-)lē
adverb

Medical Definition

supersonic

1 of 2 adjective
su·​per·​son·​ic -ˈsän-ik How to pronounce supersonic (audio)
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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 adverb

supersonic

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

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