- rapidity of motion or operation; swiftness; speed: a high wind velocity.
- Mechanics. the time rate of change of position of a body in a specified direction.
- the rate of speed with which something happens; rapidity of action or reaction.
Origin of velocity
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Examples from the Web for velocity
Phone lines would catch fire from the velocity and ferocity of his words.David Garth, the Consultant Who Talked Up to Voters
December 15, 2014
Increase and diversify the velocity of your messages to a maddening pace.How the Wall Street Protesters Win
October 14, 2011
But Galston says what made the difference for Reagan was also the velocity of the change.Obama Bets 2012 on Factory Jobs
July 1, 2011
The velocity and density of everything just boggles my mind.The David Foster Wallace Generation
Seth Colter Walls
April 7, 2011
When a story achieves that kind of velocity, everyone wants to jump in.The Media's Pat-Down Frenzy
November 22, 2010
In other words the pressure of the wind increases with the square of the velocity.
Pressure of wind increases in proportion to the square of the velocity.
Still, still the hunter pursued; he suspended not the velocity of his course.Imogen
With the growth had come an immense augmentation of velocity.The World Beyond
Raymond King Cummings
Thus the elasticity of the air determines the velocity of sound in it.The Machinery of the Universe
Amos Emerson Dolbear
- speed of motion, action, or operation; rapidity; swiftness
- physics a measure of the rate of motion of a body expressed as the rate of change of its position in a particular direction with time. It is measured in metres per second, miles per hour, etcSymbol: u, v, w
- physics (not in technical usage) another word for speed (def. 3)
Word Origin and History for velocity
- Rapidity or speed of motion; specifically, the distance traveled per unit time.
The vector giving the speed and direction of motion of any object.