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[ tran-son-ik ]
/ trænˈsɒn ɪk /

adjective Chiefly Aeronautics.

close to the speed of propagation of sound; moving at 700–780 miles per hour (1127–1255 km/h) at sea level.

Nearby words

transnationally, transnet, transoceanic, transom, transom window, transonic, transonic barrier, transp., transpacific, transpadane, transparency

Origin of transonic

First recorded in 1940–45; trans- + sonic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for transonic


/ (trænˈsɒnɪk) /


of or relating to conditions when travelling at or near the speed of sound
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Science definitions for transonic


[ trăn-sŏnĭk ]

Relating to or capable of speeds at or near the speed of sound (at or approaching Mach 1) or to aerodynamic conditions for bodies travelling at such speeds. Compare hypersonic subsonic supersonic.
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