Definition of supersonic in US English:



  • Involving or denoting a speed greater than that of sound.

    • ‘That's what happened with some earlier French technological marvels such as the supersonic Concorde, fast-breeder nuclear reactor, and the Minitel, a telephone-based Internet precursor, that failed to find global markets.’
    • ‘Like supersonic airplanes, bullets create shock waves - mini-sonic booms - as they speed through the air.’
    • ‘But, if the boom can be eliminated, the company is a likely producer of aircraft that can carry passengers coast-to-coast at supersonic speeds, he indicated.’
    • ‘Charitably, perhaps we should conclude that commercial supersonic air travel is something that we (the world economy) just cannot afford, or, at least, does not desire to afford.’
    • ‘By the time inspectors caught up with progress and could also fly with the speed of Mach 2, there would be supersonic aircraft, the development of which was financed by the banks, to fly gold ahead of bank inspectors with the speed of Mach 3.’
    • ‘But to meet the military's complex requirements, contractors would have to produce a stealthy, supersonic fighter to meet the specific needs of the Air Force, Navy, and Marines.’
    • ‘It would take me more than half a day just to fly there, at supersonic speeds.’
    • ‘It combines stealth design with the supersonic, highly-manoeuvrable, dual-engine, long-range requirements of an air-to-air fighter and has an inherent air-to-ground capability.’
    • ‘Think of the Internet revolution as a supersonic jet streaking through the sky.’
    • ‘Quick with a quip and so square jawed that he actually dreams about his supersonic flying automobile, his heroics help keep the Supercar staff safe and sound.’
    • ‘It also outlines the experiences of the passengers and crew, and examines the crash, the refit and the retrial of the supersonic fleet.’
    • ‘‘We were a company that had never built a supersonic aircraft, and here we had to go straight up into space at Mach 3 ‘- three times the speed of sound.’’
    • ‘The F - 16 fighter jet is, as supersonic military aircraft go, a modest machine.’
    • ‘He doesn't even have time to react before the wave of hot gases and debris hits him, flying outwards at near supersonic speeds.’
    • ‘From the explosive beginning, fighter sharks zoom like supersonic aircraft through shoals of fish that gracefully and miraculously reform again and again in tight protective circles.’
    • ‘A supersonic jet developed in Japan will be test-flown this summer in Australia.’
    • ‘It is just as stunning today as it was in 1969, when the 100-seater supersonic flying machine first took to the skies.’
    • ‘This makes it more agile, particularly at supersonic speeds; reduces drag; and gives it an overall increase in lift.’
    speedy, quick, swift, rapid
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