velocity of escape

Definition of velocity of escape

  1. :  a velocity that if attained by a moving body (as a rocket) would enable it to escape from the gravitational field of the earth or a celestial body and move outward in space the ability of a celestial body to retain an atmosphere around it depends on the velocity of escape at its surface — R. H. Baker this critical speed of seven miles a second is known as the earth's velocity of escape — P. A. Moore

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