Meaning of sound barrier

sound' bar"rier

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. Also called(not in technical use) a hypothetical barrier to flight beyond the speed of sound, so postulated because aircraft undergo an abruptly increasing drag force induced by compression of the surrounding air when traveling near the speed of sound.
  2. to travel faster than the speed of sound.
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