Definition of sonic in English:

sonic

Line breaks: sonic
Pronunciation: /ˈsɒnɪk
 
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adjective

  • 1Relating to or using sound waves: the whales emit sonic pulse systems
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    • Unfazed, members of the band have, it seems, decided to evolve into sonic pioneers instead.
    • The end result is a rich, triumphant sonic tapestry; you can hear every dollar that went into it.
    • Hence, the sonic crack of the bullet is much louder than any noise produced by the weapon's operation.
  • 1.1Denoting or having a speed equal to that of sound.
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    • Sounds from distant explosions are delayed accurately to reflect limited sonic speed.

Derivatives

sonically

adverb
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  • The Wipers, a band originating from Portland, OR, has consistently released sonically diverse records since the late 70's.
  • The collection is organized sonically rather than chronologically, which makes for a more coherent listening experience, but kind of tells the story out of order as a result.
  • Seemingly close, the sound is actually remote, and the distance - not just in epochs, but of space itself - feels sonically tangible.

Origin

1920s: from Latin sonus 'sound' + -ic.

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