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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Adjective

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

Examples of supersonic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Joe had ejected from his crippled aircraft at supersonic speed, and was lucky to be alive. Jim Clash, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 The supersonic Concorde jet made its last commercial passenger flight on Oct. 24, 2003. WSJ, 25 Aug. 2021 Ten seconds into the burn, SpaceShipTwo was supersonic. Anna Russel, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021 To support infantry, the A-10 didn’t need to be supersonic like the F-35 is. David Axe, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2021 The plane then swooped into the upper reaches of the atmosphere, 295,000 feet high, at supersonic speeds. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 11 July 2021 Then there is the copious fuel consumption and carbon emissions of supersonic flight. Christine Negroni, Robb Report, 30 June 2021 United Airlines customers could soon fly from New York to London in just three and a half hours thanks to the airline's investment in supersonic planes. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 4 June 2021 The blast — the third-largest non-nuclear explosion in history — pushed out a fireball miles into the air, followed by a hemispherical shock wave that raced inland for six miles at supersonic speed. Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2021 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, 16 Mar. 2020 There’s no amount of computing power that can make the Wright Flyer supersonic. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian, 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, 22 Feb. 2019 But this is the year the FAA will once again open the door to supersonics. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, 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, 27 Feb. 2018 Simply put, not enough passengers could afford to fly supersonic. Jeff Wise, Popular Mechanics, 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, 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, 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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“Supersonic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/supersonic. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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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 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 supersonic (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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