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hypersonic

Pronunciation: hi'per-son'ik

Definition: Pertaining to or characterized by supersonic speeds of Mach 5 or greater. Although any speed above the speed of sound may be referred to as supersonic, speeds of Mach 5 or greater are specifically referred to as hypersonic.

[hyper- + L. sonus, sound]

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