supersonic

[ soo-per-son-ik ]
/ ˌsu pərˈsɒn ɪk /

adjective

greater than the speed of sound waves through air.
capable of achieving such speed: a supersonic plane.

Origin of supersonic

First recorded in 1915–20; super- + sonic
Related formssu·per·son·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for supersonic

supersonic

/ (ˌsuːpəˈsɒnɪk) /

adjective

being, having, or capable of reaching a speed in excess of the speed of soundsupersonic aircraft
Derived Formssupersonically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for supersonic

supersonic


adj.

1919, "of or having to do with sound waves beyond the limit of human hearing," from super- + sonic. Attested from 1934 in sense of "exceeding the speed of sound" (especially as a measure of aircraft speed), leaving the original sense to ultrasonic (1923).

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Medicine definitions for supersonic

supersonic

[ sōō′pər-sŏnĭk ]

adj.

Having, caused by, or relating to a speed greater than the speed of sound in a given medium, especially air.
Of or relating to sound waves beyond human audibility.
Related formssu′per•soni•cal•ly adv.
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Science definitions for supersonic

supersonic

[ sōō′pər-sŏnĭk ]

Having a speed greater than that of sound in a designated medium, usually air; having a speed greater than Mach 1. Compare hypersonic subsonic transonic.
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