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1. Of or relating to audible sound: a sonic wave.
2. Having a speed approaching or being that of sound in air, about 1,220 kilometers (760 miles) per hour at sea level.
3. Slang Extremely exciting and fast-paced: a sonic lifestyle.

[From Latin sonus, a sound; see swen- in Indo-European roots.]

son′ic·al·ly adv.
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in a sonic manner
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