angular velocity


: the rate of rotation around an axis usually expressed in radians or revolutions per second or per minute

Examples of angular velocity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The change, in turn, affects the planet’s angular velocity. Evan Bush, NBC News, 27 Mar. 2024 So angular velocity measures the angle that the ball covers (in radians per second). Rhett Allain, WIRED, 2 Feb. 2024 The results: the best free-throw shooters had more control over the shooting motion, particularly over key variables like lower knee and center of mass peak and mean angular velocities, compared to less skilled shooters. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 1 Jan. 2024 Altogether, the design offers a better ratio of angular velocity to chronometric performance. Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 27 Oct. 2023 Motion blur is especially problematic when the drone is turning: The high angular velocity results in blurring that essentially renders the drone blind. IEEE Spectrum, 31 Aug. 2023 These changes could be converted into measurements of angular velocity. IEEE Spectrum, 17 Apr. 2022 The authors, who include WaveCel inventors, reported that the technology reduced the amount of radians per second (rad/s, a measure of angular velocity) in crash testing compared with both a MIPS helmet and a helmet without either type of technology. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, 10 Feb. 2021 Every bit of performance information, such as the sled’s rates of acceleration and deceleration, aggregate speed, and angular velocity (the sled’s speed while in rotation) will be available in real time, making everyone an overnight expert in the finer points of bobsled racing. Andrew Steinbeiser, Discover Magazine, 13 Feb. 2014

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1672, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of angular velocity was circa 1672

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“Angular velocity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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