Definition of acceleration in English:

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Pronunciation: /akˌseləˈrāSH(ə)n/


1Increase in the rate or speed of something: the acceleration of the industrialization process an acceleration in the divorce rate
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  • The revenue acceleration that powered profit gains was widespread.
  • The phenomenon flies in the face of a national trend that has seen a general slowdown in residential property price acceleration after years of spectacular growth.
  • I hope it will be the vehicle for acceleration in improvements in the railway system.
hastening, precipitation, speeding up, quickening, stepping up, advancement, furtherance, boost, stimulation, spur
increase, rise, leap, surge, escalation
1.1 Physics The rate of change of velocity per unit of time.
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  • They needed to imagine a special motionless container in order to understand such physical concepts as velocity and acceleration.
  • Mass, instantaneous velocity, acceleration, magnetic forces, and energy puzzled them much more.
  • This will necessarily require a change in velocity - hence an acceleration.
1.2A vehicle’s capacity to gain speed within a short time: a Formula One car is superior to an Indy car in its acceleration
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  • The Ford exhaust system will improve your vehicle's acceleration and passing power, and at the same, help improve its fuel mileage.
  • One of the terms used in estimating the clearance time of the heavy vehicle is its average acceleration in starting gear.
  • This £50,440 model has amazing acceleration for a car of its size and engine type, as well as an impressive ride quality and surprisingly nimble handling.

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Syllabification: ac·cel·er·a·tion

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