greater than the speed of sound waves through air.
capable of achieving such speed: a supersonic plane.
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- su·per·son·i·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use supersonic in a sentence
The goal has always been to accelerate the adoption of quieter, greener, safer, faster and more efficient planes — even supersonic ones, which travel faster than sound.
The aircraft goes supersonic effortlessly, a far cry from the diminutive X-1 flown by Yeager on October 14, 1947.Chuck Yeager has died at 97, but the legacy of his record-breaking flight lives on | Rob Verger | December 8, 2020 | Popular-Science
The XB-1 by BoomSupersonic airplanes come roaring backRewind two decades or so, and civilians with access to lots of money had a way to travel at supersonic speeds via the Concorde.
Boom supersonic is closer than ever to its goal of introducing supersonic commercial aviation back tot he global stage – the Colorado-based startup unveiled the final design of its XB-1 demonstrator aircraft today.Here’s your first look at Boom Supersonic’s faster-than-sound XB-1 demonstrator aircraft | Darrell Etherington | October 7, 2020 | TechCrunch
Founded in 2014, Boom is planning to build a new generation of supersonic passenger jets and sell them to airlines.Meet the XB-1: A prototype for a modern supersonic passenger jet | Eric Berger | October 7, 2020 | Ars Technica
The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps also use the supersonic F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter to guide other jets to their targets.Air Force Pilots Say They're Flying Blind Against ISIS | Dave Majumdar | October 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In this way the missile does not need pinpoint accuracy: widely spread supersonic shrapnel from the warhead is deadly.MH17 Is the World’s First Open-Source Air Crash Investigation | Clive Irving | July 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Hypersonic is the new supersonic, a frontier of speed dreamed of but not yet conquered.
Result: a supersonic, pulsating jackhammer of 1,700-degree F exhaust gas.Why Can’t America’s Newest Stealth Jet Land Like It’s Supposed To? | Bill Sweetman | May 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Musk says that it would probably be faster and cheaper to use supersonic planes to cover longer distances.
It coughed once, sending a beam of supersonic energy into the bodies of both men.The Penal Cluster | Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
Lee stared at the apparition which swiftly materialized out of the ground haze at the plane's supersonic speed.The Brain | Alexander Blade
He knew the exact vibration level of my body, and had set supersonic traps to kill me if I tried to enter.Shock Treatment | Stanley Mullen
A tiny doll, proportioned like a woman, dashed toward me, shrilling in a supersonic shriek.The Door Through Space | Marion Zimmer Bradley
A wave of some sort—probably subsonic or supersonic—continuously filled the Vininese atmosphere.The Instant of Now | Irving E. Cox, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for supersonic
being, having, or capable of reaching a speed in excess of the speed of sound: supersonic aircraft
- supersonically, adverb
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Scientific definitions for supersonic
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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