View synonyms for deceleration


[ dee-sel-uh-rey-shuhn ]


  1. the fact of losing speed, or the act of reducing the speed of something:

    Prolonged deceleration of the fetal heart rate is cause for concern.

  2. the act or process of slowing the rate of increase of something:

    During that quarter, job creation stalled and stocks fell, confirming that there was a deceleration in the economy.

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  • non·de·cel·er·a·tion noun

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Word History and Origins

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Example Sentences

The decelerating subscriber losses suggests that the cord-cutting trend may be beginning to bottom out.

From Digiday

The decelerating gains were the lowest payroll numbers ADP has reported since the summer.

Stay-at-home orders decelerated that rise in late March, but only briefly.

From Quartz

As the men decelerated, Rupp, less than half a second behind Farah, screamed “Moooo!”

From Fortune

At that point, the virus will still spread, but at a decelerating rate until it stops completely.

Allowing for deceleration, three successive predictions of its landing point agreed.

It would add to the plausibility of reported deceleration, though, and would arouse acute suspicion.

The deceleration pressed them so tightly to the nose of the ship that they could hardly breathe.

Anyway, after Lynds completed six orbital revolutions, they began the deceleration and descent.

Spin deceleration will take effect in three minutes; and we are counting on my mark towards deceleration.


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More About Deceleration

What does deceleration mean?

Deceleration describes a decrease in velocity, that is, momentum.

Deceleration describes the slowing of an increase. Wind, for example, moves with a certain amount of momentum. When the wind’s momentum slows down, that is, the wind doesn’t blow as hard, we can say that the wind is experiencing deceleration.

Example: The deceleration of the ship came abruptly to the passengers.

Where does deceleration come from?

The first records of the term deceleration come from around 1897. It combines the verb decelerate, meaning “to slow the rate of increase” with the suffix ation, which forms nouns from verbs that end in –ate, such as separation. Deceleration is the action of slowing the rate of an increase.

Deceleration is often used in reference to the velocity of a vehicle or person. Sometimes it can be used to describe slowing the rate of something, such as a statistic or percentage.

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What are some other forms related to deceleration?

  • nondeceleration (noun)

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How is deceleration used in real life?

Deceleration is usually used in an engineering or other scientific setting.



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Which of the following is NOT a synonym for deceleration?

A. slowing
B. dropoff
C. acceleration
D. decline