transonic

adjective
tran·​son·​ic | \ tran(t)s-ˈsä-nik How to pronounce transonic (audio) , tran-ˈsä- \
variants: or less commonly transsonic

Definition of transonic

1 : being or relating to speeds near that of sound in air or about 741 miles (1185 kilometers) per hour at sea level and especially to speeds slightly below the speed of sound at which the speed of airflow varies from subsonic to supersonic at different points along the surface of a body in motion relative to the surrounding air
2 : moving, capable of moving, or utilizing air currents moving at a transonic speed

Examples of transonic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That way, the pilot could anticipate transonic instability. Anna Russel, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021 The solution was the X-1 transonic research aircraft that Yeager piloted. Rob Verger, Popular Science, 8 Dec. 2020 Insufficient transonic acceleration showed up, too. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, 28 Sep. 2020 Insufficient transonic acceleration showed up, too. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, 28 Sep. 2020 Insufficient transonic acceleration showed up, too. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, 28 Sep. 2020 Insufficient transonic acceleration showed up, too. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, 28 Sep. 2020 Insufficient transonic acceleration showed up, too. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, 28 Sep. 2020 Insufficient transonic acceleration showed up, too. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, 28 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of transonic

1945, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for transonic

trans- + supersonic

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“Transonic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transonic. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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