I. adjective Etymology: Latin super- + sonus sound — more at sound Date: 1919 1. ultrasonic 2. of, being, or relating to speeds from one to five times the speed of sound in air — compare sonic 3. moving, capable of moving, or utilizing air currents moving at supersonic speed 4. relating to supersonic airplanes or missiles <
the supersonic age
supersonically adverb II. noun Date: circa 1924 1. a supersonic wave or frequency 2. a supersonic airplane

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