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sonic boom

a loud noise caused by the shock wave generated by an aircraft moving at supersonic speed.
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Examples from the web for sonic boom
  • The small space rock disintegrated high in the atmosphere, creating a sonic boom heard by numerous witnesses.
  • There is no sonic boom in a vacuum and no worry about animals or other vehicles.
  • As a train traveled into a narrow tunnel it would create a sonic boom upon exiting.
  • Instead, a shock wave is produced--a kind of sonic boom in the rock.
British Dictionary definitions for sonic boom

sonic boom

a loud explosive sound caused by the shock wave of an aircraft, etc, travelling at supersonic speed
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sonic boom in Science
sonic boom  
A shock wave of compressed air caused by an aircraft traveling faster than the speed of sound. It is often audible as a loud, explosive sound, and it sometimes causes damage to structures on the ground.
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sonic boom in Culture

sonic boom definition

See boom, sonic.

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Encyclopedia Article for sonic boom

shockshock wave that is produced by an aircraft or other object flying at a speed equal to or exceeding the speed of sound and that is heard on the ground as a sound like a clap of thunder.

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