- noting or pertaining to a speed less than that of sound in air at the same height above sea level.
Origin of subsonic
1940–45; sub- + -sonic
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- being, having, or travelling at a velocity below that of sounda subsonic aircraft
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- Having a speed less than that of sound in a designated medium, usually air; having a velocity less than Mach 1. Compare hypersonic supersonic transonic.
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