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acceleration

[ ak-sel-uh-rey-shuhn ]
/ ækˌsɛl əˈreɪ ʃən /
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noun
the act of accelerating; increase of speed or velocity.
a change in velocity.
Mechanics. the time rate of change of velocity with respect to magnitude or direction; the derivative of velocity with respect to time.
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Origin of acceleration

First recorded in 1525–35, acceleration is from the Latin word accelerātiōn- (stem of accelerātiō). See accelerate, -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM acceleration

non·ac·cel·er·a·tion, nouno·ver·ac·cel·er·a·tion, nounre·ac·cel·er·a·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for acceleration

acceleration
/ (ækˌsɛləˈreɪʃən) /

noun
the act of accelerating or the state of being accelerated
the rate of increase of speed or the rate of change of velocitySymbol: a
the power to accelerateSymbol: a
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Scientific definitions for acceleration

acceleration
[ ăk-sĕl′ə-rāshən ]

The rate of change of the velocity of a moving body. An increase in the magnitude of the velocity of a moving body (an increase in speed) is called a positive acceleration; a decrease in speed is called a negative acceleration. Acceleration, like velocity, is a vector quantity, so any change in the direction of a moving body is also an acceleration. A moving body that follows a curved path, even when its speed remains constant, is undergoing acceleration. See more at gravity relativity.
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Cultural definitions for acceleration

acceleration

A change in the velocity of an object.

notes for acceleration

The most familiar kind of acceleration is a change in the speed of an object. An object that stays at the same speed but changes direction, however, is also being accelerated. (See force.)
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