boom, sonic

The sharp, explosive sound generated by an airplane traveling at speeds greater than the speed of sound. The sonic boom follows the aircraft much like a wake follows a ship.


Nearby words

  1. boolean sum,
  2. boom,
  3. boom box,
  4. boom shot,
  5. boom town,
  6. boom-and-bust,
  7. boom-or-bust,
  8. boomer,
  9. boomer state,
  10. boomerang

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