hypervelocity

noun
hy·​per·​ve·​loc·​i·​ty | \ ˌhī-pər-və-ˈlä-sə-tē How to pronounce hypervelocity (audio) , -ˈlä-stē \

Definition of hypervelocity

: 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 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 During the early 2010s, the Navy and defense contractor BAE Systems began work on hypervelocity projectiles (HVPs) for railguns. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 19 July 2017 Keith Hawkins, an astronomer at Columbia University who studies hypervelocity stars but did take not part in the research, agrees there is further work to be done. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, 9 May 2018 From the Gaia data Shen’s team flagged seven candidate hypervelocity white dwarf stars. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of hypervelocity

1949, in the meaning defined above

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“Hypervelocity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypervelocity. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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