Definition of sonic in English:



  • Denoting, relating to, or of the nature of sound or sound waves.

    ‘the whales emit sonic pulse systems’
    • ‘Unfazed, members of the band have, it seems, decided to evolve into sonic pioneers instead.’
    • ‘Hence, the sonic crack of the bullet is much louder than any noise produced by the weapon's operation.’
    • ‘The end result is a rich, triumphant sonic tapestry; you can hear every dollar that went into it.’
    • ‘So songs swagger all over the sonic map from overly loud to whisper quiet.’
    • ‘The sonic assault of rock music has reached a point of diminishing returns.’
    • ‘It's not purely sonic pleasure: it's conflict and action and story.’
    • ‘As a familiar sonic picture, it doesn't mess with your head.’
    • ‘The Dolby Surround track, though clean, is the sonic equivalent of watching grass grow.’
    • ‘The band's sonic fingerprint remains as distinctive as ever.’
    • ‘Quietude is a similarly becalmed sonic vista of placid sine-waves, nervous clicks and lithe atmospheric details.’
    • ‘Yet, his sonic realm remains consistent all the way through.’
    • ‘His delicate constructions are all entirely self-contained, giving an impression of great sonic diversity.’
    • ‘Hot Hot Heat may very much be a product of their influences but never before has it all been thrown together into such a vibrant sonic stew.’
    • ‘Dialogue is clearly heard and there are no distracting pops, hisses, or other such sonic flaws.’
    • ‘Artists of all genres revere the Ryman for both historic and sonic reasons.’
    • ‘The work is more abstract and introvert than on Later, with melodies often scarce and distant, while the sonic scope seems narrower.’
    • ‘The welcome presence of sonic genius Jim O'Rourke joined them on stage.’
    • ‘This maybe the sonic equivalent of going to see a Bellini altarpiece in an art gallery, but I do not mind.’
    • ‘A sonic whistle is very old technology, to the point of almost being forgotten.’
    • ‘A number of sonic themes emerge as the music on this CD unfolds.’


1920s: from Latin sonus sound + -ic.