Definition of terminal velocity in English:

terminal velocity

Line breaks: ter|min¦al vel|ocity

noun

Physics
  • The constant speed that a freely falling object eventually reaches when the resistance of the medium through which it is falling prevents further acceleration.
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    • 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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