greater than the speed of sound waves through air.
capable of achieving such speed: a supersonic plane.

1915–20; super- + sonic

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supersonic (ˌsuːpəˈsɒnɪk)
being, having, or capable of reaching a speed in excess of the speed of sound: supersonic aircraft

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1919, "of or having to do with sound waves beyond the limit of human hearing," from super- + sonic. Attested from 1934 in sense of "exceeding the speed of sound" (especially as a measure of aircraft speed), leaving the original sense to ultrasonic (1923).
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supersonic su·per·son·ic (sōō'pər-sŏn'ĭk)

  1. Having, caused by, or relating to a speed greater than the speed of sound in a given medium, especially air.

  2. Of or relating to sound waves beyond human audibility.

su'per·son'i·cal·ly adv.
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supersonic  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (s'pər-sŏn'ĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
Having a speed greater than that of sound in a designated medium, usually air; having a speed greater than Mach 1. Compare hypersonic, subsonic, transonic.

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Example sentences
But the technology also opens the door for nastiness, especially during this
  season of supersonic emotions.
Then, drawing arrows and squiggles, he shot into supersonic lecture mode.
That's because, even at rest, the supersonic reconnaissance plane is so
  flat-out intimidating.
Next comes the blast, as the superheated air expands outward, initially at
  supersonic speeds.
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