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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for supersonic

Contemporary Examples of supersonic

Historical Examples of supersonic

  • It coughed once, sending a beam of supersonic energy into the bodies of both men.

    The Penal Cluster

    Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)

  • During the next two days, events moved with supersonic speed for the Cubs.

    Dan Carter Cub Scout

    Mildred A. Wirt

  • Lee stared at the apparition which swiftly materialized out of the ground haze at the plane's supersonic speed.

    The Brain

    Alexander Blade

  • Flying at supersonic speed, they reached the area of the lost missile in the South Atlantic soon after lunch.

  • A tiny doll, proportioned like a woman, dashed toward me, shrilling in a supersonic shriek.

    The Door Through Space

    Marion Zimmer Bradley

British Dictionary definitions for supersonic



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

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

supersonic in Medicine




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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supersonic in Science



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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