adjective tran·son·ic \tran(t)s-ˈsä-nik, tran-ˈsä-\

Definition of transonic

  1. 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. 2 :  moving, capable of moving, or utilizing air currents moving at a transonic speed

Variants of transonic

less commonly


Origin and Etymology of transonic

trans- + supersonic

First Known Use: 1945

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to decrease in size, extent, or degree

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