terminal-velocity

terminal velocity

noun
1.
Physics.
a.
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.
b.
the maximum velocity of a body falling through a viscous fluid.
2.
Rocketry, Ballistics.
a.
the greatest speed that a rocket, missile, etc., attains after burnout or after leaving the barrel of a gun.
b.
the speed of a missile or projectile on impact with its target.
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terminal velocity
 
n
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

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