Definition of terminal velocity in English:

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terminal velocity


The constant speed that a freely falling object eventually reaches when the resistance of the medium through which it is falling prevents further acceleration.
Example sentences
  • Initially they will accelerate, but they will soon reach a constant terminal velocity when the air resistance around them offsets their downward acceleration.
  • Because air resistance also depends on the shape of the object and so by tucking in your arms and legs you can reach a faster terminal velocity than if your arms and legs are spread out.
  • He starts to fall, picks up speed, and accelerates to near his terminal velocity in the first 10 seconds.

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Syllabification: ter·mi·nal ve·loc·i·ty

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