sound barrier


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sound barrier

n.
2. A set of tall barriers placed along a road or highway to muffle the sound of traffic.

sound barrier

n
(Aeronautics) (not in technical usage) a hypothetical barrier to flight at or above the speed of sound, when a sudden large increase in drag occurs. Also called: sonic barrier or transonic barrier

sound′ bar`rier


n.
an abrupt increase in drag experienced by an aircraft approaching the speed of sound.
[1950–55]

sound barrier

The sudden, sharp increase in drag experienced by aircraft approaching the speed of sound. Also called sonic barrier.
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Noun1.sound barrier - the increase in aerodynamic drag as an airplane approaches the speed of sound
drag, retarding force - the phenomenon of resistance to motion through a fluid
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PANIC GRIPS PEOPLE: Panic gripped the residents of Shin Dhand area after a fighter jet crossed the sound barrier in early hours on Sunday.
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The aircraft is designed to deflect the sound waves generated by breaking the sound barrier, with the goal to produce a barely noticeable "thump" for listeners at the surface.
Rome There was panic in parts of northern Italy on Thursday, as people were disconcerted by a loud bang that was later revealed to have been caused by two fighter jets breaking the sound barrier. The Italian airforce said it rushed to intercept a wayward Air France commercial flight that had temporarily lost radio contact with ground control.
MANAMA: A sonic boom created by a Bahraini fighter jet breaking the sound barrier may have been mistaken for an explosion, it was revealed yesterday.
In a tweet issued from the Lebanese presidency's official account, Aoun specifically called out Sunday's flyby of Israeli jets, which broke the sound barrier above south Lebanon, causing widespread anxiety among residents of Sidon and the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp.
1947: Chuck Yeager in his Bell X-1 rocket plane became the first man to break the sound barrier.
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A sound barrier also called a noise barrier, sound berm, or acoustical barrier is an exterior structure designed to absorb and reduce generated impulsive noise and vibration energy, protecting inhabitants of sensitive land use areas from noise pollution.