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

Examples of hypervelocity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These hypervelocity stars have an interesting history. The Physics Arxiv Blog, Discover Magazine, 23 June 2023 The first possibility is that the hypervelocity stars were ejected from a neighboring galaxy, such as the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). Jake Parks, Discover Magazine, 3 Oct. 2018 Though happening in a literal flash, this watershed event was seven years in the making, integrating technologies as diverse as hypervelocity guns, fighters, computing clouds, virtual reality, 4G LTE and 5G, and even Project Maven—the Pentagon’s first AI initiative. Will Roper, Wired, 24 Oct. 2020 However, last year, the authors of a paper in Astronomy & Astrophysics found that the hypervelocity star PG 1610+062, a slowly pulsating blue star, is one bright enough to be studied in detail. Bruce Dorminey, Discover Magazine, 22 Jan. 2020 If both white dwarfs often go supernova together, this could explain why fewer hypervelocity white dwarfs are seen. Lyndie Chiou, Quanta Magazine, 8 Feb. 2023 The hypervelocity and precognitive technology of unidentified anomalous phenomena alone turn the 'drone' theory on its head. Shane Harris, Washington Post, 12 Jan. 2023 In such scenarios where two stars are locked in orbit around each other, their interaction with other stars in dense clusters can catapult the less massive star in the binary system into a hypervelocity trajectory. Bruce Dorminey, Discover Magazine, 22 Jan. 2020 This is orders of magnitude slower than the hypervelocity impacts that a shuttle deals with, but the spear is thousands of times more massive than a fleck of paint. Kyle Hill, Discover Magazine, 10 Jan. 2013

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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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“Hypervelocity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypervelocity. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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