Definition of escape velocity in English:

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escape velocity

Pronunciation: /əˈskāp vəˌläsədē/

noun

The lowest velocity that a body must have in order to escape the gravitational attraction of a particular planet or other object.
Example sentences
  • What would happen if the escape velocity of a planet were greater than the speed of light?
  • The work presented in these two papers formed the basis for a later study of black holes, showing that bodies of sufficiently large mass would have an escape velocity exceeding the speed of light and so could not be seen.
  • If the object slows down below a minimum orbital velocity, it will hit the planet; if it speeds up beyond a maximum escape velocity, it will move away from the planet permanently.

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Syllabification: es·cape ve·loc·i·ty

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