Definition of velocity in English:

velocity

Syllabification: ve·loc·i·ty
Pronunciation: /vəˈläsətē
 
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noun (plural velocities)

  • 1The speed of something in a given direction: the velocities of the emitted particles
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    • He noticed Venus move, he was able to determine its direction and its velocity and very importantly he was able to determine its angular diameter.
    • If an object is moving in one direction without a force acting on it, then it continues to move in that direction with a constant velocity.
    • Anti-matter has mass and when mass moves at a high velocity, there is an overall increase in energy.
  • 1.1(In general use) speed: the tank shot backward at an incredible velocity
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    • Scientists and inventors are unraveling new technology at incredible velocity.
    • But you don't have to be a dot-com executive to see how the Internet accelerates business velocity.
    • Medical advances aside, almost every technological progress has been about velocity, about the simple process of speeding things up.
    Synonyms
    speed, pace, rate, tempo, momentum, impetus; swiftness, rapidity
    literary fleetness, celerity
  • 1.2 (also velocity of circulation) Economics The rate at which money changes hands within an economy.
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    • He assumed no international trade effects, an unchanged money supply and a constant velocity of circulation.
    • John Maynard Keynes challenged the theory in the 1930s, saying that increases in money supply lead to a decrease in the velocity of circulation and that real income, the flow of money to the factors of production, increased.
    • Time and money appear as commensurate albeit inverse values because of the effect of the velocity of circulation on the accumulation of capital.

Origin

late Middle English: from French vélocité or Latin velocitas, from velox, veloc- 'swift'.

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