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
After a career of supersonic dives and aircraft carrier landings, George took up a new challenge in the 1970s: viticulture. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 24 Jan. 2024 Decades before jetliners zigzagged across the planet at near supersonic speeds, a more genteel aircraft ruled the skies, designed to function in harmony with the 71 percent of the Earth that’s covered in water. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 20 Jan. 2024 The world's first and most successful supersonic airliner, Concorde was an ambitious and extremely expensive joint project developed by the UK and France. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 20 Dec. 2023 This is the only photo ever taken of a Concorde at supersonic speeds. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 20 Dec. 2023 In the meantime, 20 years after its final flight, the Concorde lives on as the symbol of supersonic flight. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 27 Nov. 2023 Aviation history is filled with jaw-dropping machines like the Concorde, the supersonic airliner that promised to shrink the globe, but wound up as a museum piece after around a quarter-century. Marc Wortman, Rolling Stone, 25 Dec. 2023 Even still, companies such as Boom Supersonic, Spike Aerospace, and Lockheed Martin are working on supersonic jets. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 13 Nov. 2023 Some rumors circulating on Russian social media claim a total of six aircraft, including a Tu-22M supersonic bomber were damaged, though that claim may be lumping in losses from an earlier drone attack on August 19 that destroyed one or possibly two Tu-22Ms on August 19. Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 31 Aug. 2023
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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 See More

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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 4 Mar. 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)
1
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
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: a supersonic wave or frequency
2
: a supersonic airplane

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