the sound barrier

Definition of the sound barrier

  1. :  the large increase in air resistance that occurs as an aircraft nears the speed of sound and that was once an obstacle to traveling faster than the speed of sound a plane that is able to break the sound barrier

Word by Word Definitions

soundplay
  1. :  free from injury or disease

    :  free from flaw, defect, or decay

    :  solid, firm

  1. :  to the full extent :  thoroughly

  1. :  a particular auditory impression :  tone

    :  the sensation perceived by the sense of hearing

    :  mechanical radiant energy that is transmitted by longitudinal pressure waves in a material medium (such as air) and is the objective cause of hearing

  1. :  to cause to sound

    :  pronounce

    :  to put into words :  voice

  1. :  a long broad inlet of the ocean generally parallel to the coast

    :  a long passage of water connecting two larger bodies (such as a sea with the ocean) or separating a mainland and an island

    :  the air bladder of a fish

  1. :  to measure the depth of :  fathom

    :  to try to find out the views or intentions of :  probe

    :  to explore or examine (a body cavity) with a sound

  1. :  an elongated instrument for exploring or sounding body cavities

barrierplay
  1. :  something material that blocks or is intended to block passage

    :  a natural formation or structure that prevents or hinders movement or action

    :  a medieval war game in which combatants fight on foot with a fence or railing between them


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