acceleration /əksɛləˈreɪʃ(ə)n/


I. noun [ mass noun]

1. a vehicle’s capacity to gain speed

the three-litre model has spectacular acceleration.
2. increase in speed or rate

the acceleration of the industrialization process.
[Physics] the rate of change of velocity per unit of time.
– origin late 15th cent.: from Latin acceleratio(n-), from accelerare ‘hasten’ (see accelerate).

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