sonic

[ son-ik ]
/ ˈsɒn ɪk /

adjective

of or relating to sound.
noting or pertaining to a speed equal to that of sound in air at the same height above sea level.

Nearby words

  1. songster,
  2. songstress,
  3. songwriter,
  4. soni-,
  5. sonia,
  6. sonic barrier,
  7. sonic boom,
  8. sonic depth finder,
  9. sonication,
  10. sonics

Origin of sonic

1920–25; < Latin son(us) sound1 + -ic

Related formsmul·ti·son·ic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for sonic

sonic

/ (ˈsɒnɪk) /

adjective

of, involving, or producing sound
having a speed about equal to that of sound in air: 331 metres per second (741 miles per hour) at 0°C

Word Origin for sonic

C20: from Latin sonus sound

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Word Origin and History for sonic

sonic

adj.

1923, from Latin sonus "sound" (see sound (n.1)) + -ic. Sonic boom is attested from 1952.

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Medicine definitions for sonic

sonic

[ sŏnĭk ]

adj.

Of, relating to, or determined by audible sound.

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