hypervelocity

noun

hy·​per·​ve·​loc·​i·​ty ˌhī-pər-və-ˈlä-sə-tē How to pronounce hypervelocity (audio)
-ˈlä-stē
: a high or relatively high velocity (such as thousands of feet or meters per second)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Another missile slated for mass production is called a hypervelocity gliding projectile, which is more maneuverable than other missiles although the technology is still in the early stages. Chieko Tsuneoka, WSJ, 31 Aug. 2022 Beyond that the Army is looking at hypervelocity glide weapons with a range exceeding 1,700 miles, and a strategic cannon that potentially can reach far, far beyond the range of any previous cannon—hundreds of miles at least. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 Claremont for one doesn’t expect the advent of better drones or hypervelocity cannon shells to change navies’ attitudes toward half-carriers. David Axe, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 Instead, the Navy is pursuing an offshoot of the railgun, a hypervelocity projectile, that can be fired from existing gun systems. David Sharp, Chron, 1 July 2021 Instead, the Navy is pursuing an offshoot of the railgun, a hypervelocity projectile, that can be fired from existing gun systems. Fox News, 1 July 2021 Instead, the Navy is pursuing an offshoot of the railgun, a hypervelocity projectile, that can be fired from existing gun systems. David Sharp, Star Tribune, 1 July 2021 According to Air Force magazine, the Paladin fired a new hypersonic Mach 5 hypervelocity projectile and successfully intercepted the target. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 10 Sep. 2020 At only 56,000 light-years away, PG 1610 is fairly close for a hypervelocity star. Nola Taylor Redd, Scientific American, 7 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hypervelocity was in 1949

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Cite this Entry

“Hypervelocity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypervelocity. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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