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sonic

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɒnɪk
 
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Definition of sonic in English:

adjective

1Relating to or using sound waves: the whales emit sonic pulse systems
More example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • Sounds from distant explosions are delayed accurately to reflect limited sonic speed.

Origin

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

Derivatives

sonically

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • 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.

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