|1.||the constant maximum velocity reached by a body falling under gravity through a fluid, esp the atmosphere|
|2.||the velocity of a missile or projectile when it reaches its target|
|3.||the maximum velocity attained by a rocket, missile, or shell flying in a parabolic flight path|
|4.||the maximum velocity that an aircraft can attain, as determined by its total drag|
steady speed achieved by an object freely falling through a gas or liquid. A typical terminal velocity for a parachutist who delays opening the chute is about 150 miles (240 kilometres) per hour. Raindrops fall at a much lower terminal velocity, and a mist of tiny oil droplets settles at an exceedingly small terminal velocity. An object dropped from rest will increase its speed until it reaches terminal velocity; an object forced to move faster than its terminal velocity will, upon release, slow down to this constant velocity.
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