coefficient of restitution


noun Physics.

the ratio of the relative velocity after impact to the relative velocity before the impact of two colliding bodies, equal to 1 for an elastic collision and 0 for an inelastic collision.

Nearby words

  1. coefficient of correlation,
  2. coefficient of elasticity,
  3. coefficient of expansion,
  4. coefficient of friction,
  5. coefficient of performance,
  6. coefficient of variation,
  7. coefficient of viscosity,
  8. coefficiently,
  9. coel-,
  10. coelacanth

Origin of coefficient of restitution

First recorded in 1875–80

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