- the velocity at which a falling body moves through a medium, as air, when the force of resistance of the medium is equal in magnitude and opposite in direction to the force of gravity.
- the maximum velocity of a body falling through a viscous fluid.
- the greatest speed that a rocket, missile, etc., attains after burnout or after leaving the barrel of a gun.
- the speed of a missile or projectile on impact with its target.
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But millions of rules result in perpetual error, and, as a terminal side effect, make leadership and accomplishment illegal.
I told them the story about how Delta helped her propose to me in the middle of the international terminal here at Delta.
Phone lines would catch fire from the velocity and ferocity of his words.David Garth, the Consultant Who Talked Up to Voters|Jeff Greenfield|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You use fuel to give you the proper velocity and direction, and then you turn off your fuel tanks and coast there.Neil deGrasse Tyson Breaks Down ‘Interstellar’: Black Holes, Time Dilations, and Massive Waves|Marlow Stern|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Someone without a terminal illness can go through years and years of terrible suffering.U.K. Courts Grant Mother Right to End Her 12-Year-Old Disabled Daughter’s Life|Elizabeth Picciuto|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Such was its velocity that in some parts of the journey the speed was frequently 12 miles an hour.
He presented the railway case with great ability, and his views were accepted on the important terminal question.
The cock springs out of its seat when water gets into the cylinder, and prevents any mischief from the velocity of the fly-wheel.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2)|Francis Trevithick
The currents generally set to the north, and seldom run with any velocity either to the east or west.
A great mass of dirt and brush and rock was hurtling down upon them with sickening velocity.The Outdoor Girls in the Saddle|Laura Lee Hope