terminal velocity

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terminal velocity

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1. (General Physics) the constant maximum velocity reached by a body falling under gravity through a fluid, esp the atmosphere
2. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) the velocity of a missile or projectile when it reaches its target
3. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) the maximum velocity attained by a rocket, missile, or shell flying in a parabolic flight path
4. (Aeronautics) the maximum velocity that an aircraft can attain, as determined by its total drag
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terminal velocity

1. Hypothetical maximum speed a body could attain along a specified flight path under given conditions of weight and thrust if diving through an unlimited distance in air of specified uniform density.
2. Remaining speed of a projectile at the point in its downward path where it is level with the muzzle of the weapon.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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Noun1.terminal velocity - the constant maximum velocity reached by a body falling through the atmosphere under the attraction of gravity
speed, velocity - distance travelled per unit time
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