acceleration

noun ac·cel·er·a·tion \ ik-ˌse-lə-ˈrā-shən , (ˌ)ak- \

Definition of acceleration

1 a :the act or process of moving faster or happening more quickly :the act or process of accelerating
  • rapid acceleration
  • the acceleration of economic growth
b :ability to accelerate
  • a car with good acceleration
2 physics :the rate of change of velocity with respect to time; broadly :change of velocity

Examples of acceleration in a Sentence

  1. The car delivers quick acceleration.

  2. There has been some acceleration in economic growth.

  3. There has been an acceleration in economic growth.

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Origin and Etymology of acceleration

borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French acceleratiun, borrowed from Latin accelerātiōn-, accelerātiō, from accelerāre "to accelerate" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns


ACCELERATION Defined for Kids

acceleration

noun ac·cel·er·a·tion \ ak-ˌse-lə-ˈrā-shən \

Definition of acceleration for Students

:the act or process of speeding up

Medical Dictionary

acceleration

noun ac·cel·er·a·tion \ ik-ˌsel-ə-ˈrā-shən, (ˌ)ak- \

medical Definition of acceleration

1 :the act or process of accelerating :the state of being accelerated
2 :change of velocity; also :the rate of this change
3 :advancement in mental growth or achievement beyond the average for one's age


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