a loud noise caused by the shock wave generated by an aircraft moving at supersonic speed.
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Origin of sonic boom
First recorded in 1950–55
Words nearby sonic boom
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British Dictionary definitions for sonic boom
a loud explosive sound caused by the shock wave of an aircraft, etc, travelling at supersonic speed
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Scientific definitions for sonic boom
A shock wave of compressed air caused by an aircraft traveling faster than the speed of sound. It is often audible as a loud, explosive sound, and it sometimes causes damage to structures on the ground.
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Cultural definitions for sonic boom
See boom, sonic.
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