ground speed


Definition of ground speed

: the speed (as of an airplane) with relation to the ground — compare airspeed

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Slow the mower’s ground speed—or your walking speed—to allow more thorough mulching action. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "Do I Need To Change My Lawnmower Blades?," 27 Apr. 2018 The airship’s engines churned; its ground speed slowed. Eva Holland, Smithsonian, "Flying to the North Pole in an Airship Was Easy. Returning Wouldn’t Be So Easy," 18 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of ground speed

1917, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ground speed was in 1917

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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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