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terminal velocity

  1. 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.
  2. the maximum velocity of a body falling through a viscous fluid.
Rocketry, Ballistics.
  1. the greatest speed that a rocket, missile, etc., attains after burnout or after leaving the barrel of a gun.
  2. the speed of a missile or projectile on impact with its target. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for terminal velocity
  • The amount of heat and pressure on his arms and body will be no different than at terminal velocity at closer to sea level.
  • To be even more pedantic, that is its' acceleration until it reaches terminal velocity.
  • It falls at terminal velocity the rest of the way for several minutes before impacting the ground.
  • They fall at terminal velocity and are warm enough to melt a little ice.
  • There are other efforts that have not yet achieved the kind of terminal velocity necessary for bubble status.
  • In terminal velocity, the air resistance is equal to the weight.
  • It isn't the terminal velocity that's so impressive, it's how quickly and effortlessly you get there.
  • First, you should rule out terminal velocity of the ball bearing.
  • There is an upward flow that is nearly equal to the terminal velocity of the cylinders.
British Dictionary definitions for terminal velocity

terminal velocity

the constant maximum velocity reached by a body falling under gravity through a fluid, esp the atmosphere
the velocity of a missile or projectile when it reaches its target
the maximum velocity attained by a rocket, missile, or shell flying in a parabolic flight path
the maximum velocity that an aircraft can attain, as determined by its total drag
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