velocity
noun (plural -ties) Etymology: Middle French velocité, from Latin velocitat-, velocitas, from veloc-, velox quick; probably akin to Latin vegēre to enliven — more at wake Date: 15th century 1. a. quickness of motion ; speed <
the velocity of sound
>
b. rapidity of movement <
[my horse's] strong suit is grace & personal comeliness, rather than velocity — Mark Twain
>
c. speed imparted to something <
the power pitcher relies on velocity — Tony Scherman
>
2. the rate of change of position along a straight line with respect to time ; the derivative of position with respect to time 3. a. rate of occurrence or action ; rapidity <
the velocity of historical change — R. J. Lifton
>
b. rate of turnover <
the velocity of money
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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