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
Related formssub·son·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for subsonic

Historical Examples of subsonic

  • And its booming notes descended to subsonic throbbings that gripped and wrung the nerves to anguish.

    The Record of Currupira

    Robert Abernathy

  • Most of their conversation is carried on in tones of subsonic frequency, so your ears cannot hear it.

    The Asses of Balaam

    Gordon Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for subsonic



being, having, or travelling at a velocity below that of sounda subsonic aircraft
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subsonic in Science



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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