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Definition of the noun acceleration

What does acceleration mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: accelerations

  1. an increase in rate of change
    • example: modern science caused an acceleration of cultural change
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • antonym: deceleration
    • more generic words: alteration / change / modification = an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another
    • more specific words:
  2. the act of accelerating; increasing the speed
  3. (physics) a rate of increase of velocity

Alternative definition of the noun acceleration


  1. [uncountable] The act of accelerating, or the state of being accelerated; increase of motion or action; as opposed to retardation or deceleration.
  2. [countable] The amount by which a speed or velocity increases (and so a scalar quantity or a vector quantity).
  3. [physics] The change of velocity with respect to time (can include deceleration or changing direction).

Specialised definition of the noun acceleration

Glossary of sports

the act of accelerating (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

the rate of change of velocity (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

an outward force caused by a change in direction without a change in speed (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


  1. "Acceleration" is the first full-length album by Norwegian avant-garde progressive metal band Age of Silence. It was released on September 14, 2004.
  2. "Acceleration" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  3. "Acceleration" is a musical EP of Bill Nelson.
    • released in (31 years ago)
  4. "Acceleration" is a musical album of Franz & Shape.
    • released in (9 years ago)
  5. "Acceleration" is a composition.


"Acceleration" is a book by Graham McNamee.

  • also known as "Aceleracion"
  • language: English Language
  • genre: Young-adult fiction
  • released on (12 years ago)
  • award:


  1. Acceleration, in physics, is the rate at which the velocity of an object changes over time. An object's acceleration is the net result of any and all forces acting on the object, as described by Newton's Second Law. The SI unit for acceleration is the metre per second squared. Accelerations are vector quantities and add according to the parallelogram law. As a vector, the calculated net force is equal to the product of the object's mass and the acceleration.
    • also known as Hızın zamana göre değişim hızı, Hızın zamana göre türevi, Hızdaki Artış, Hız vektörünün şiddetindeki artış, Hız vektöründeki değişim
  2. Acceleration: For any information about the acceleration of an animal.

Phrases with Acceleration

Phrases starting with the word Acceleration:

  1. acceleration unit
  2. Acceleration clause

Phrases ending with the word Acceleration:

  1. Four-acceleration
  2. Plasma acceleration
  3. Proper acceleration
  4. angular acceleration
  5. centripetal acceleration
  6. Plasma Wakefield Acceleration

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Acceleration

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Google previewRobotics Demystified (2004)

by Edwin Wise

Feet per second per second: ft/s2 Meters per second per second: m/s2 Like velocity, acceleration is a derived unit.

Since acceleration is the change of velocity over time, and velocity is itself a change in position over time, acceleration is the ...

Google previewThe Lawyer's Guide to Negotiation (2001)

A Strategic Approach to Better Contracts and Settlements by Xavier M. Frascogna, H. Lee Hetherington

Acceleration is an action-oriented tactic that can be used by the plaintiff as well as the defendant. Frequently, lawyers...

Google previewThe Concepts of Science (2013)

From Newton to Einstein by Lloyd Motz, Jefferson Hane Weaver

The acceleration is a vector quantity, since it is the vectorial difference between two vectors (which is itself a vector)...

Google previewClinical Mechanics and Kinesiology (2013)

by Janice Kaye Loudon, Robert C. Manske, Michael P. Reiman

Acceleration is the rate of change of velocity with respect to time. Mathematically, acceleration is the second time derivative of displacement and the first time derivative of velocity and is represented by the following equation: velocity = A ...

Google previewCliffsNotes Praxis II: Middle School Science (0439) (2013)

by Glen Moulton

Acceleration is the rate at which the velocity of an object changes over time. The acceleration of an...

Positive acceleration is an increase in velocity, whereas negative acceleration is a decrease in the velocity or deceleration. . Velocity is ...

Google previewHandbook of Modern Sensors (2010)

Physics, Designs, and Applications by Jacob Fraden

It's a simple task to make a complex system, It's a complex task to make a simple system Acceleration is a dynamic...

Google previewIndustrial Servo Control Systems (2002)

Fundamentals And Applications, Revised And Expanded by George W. Younkin

DRIVE ACCELERATION Feed drive acceleration is a critical factor with large industrial machines.

Google previewPhysics in the Modern World (2012)

by Jerry Marion

Acceleration- The General Definition Acceleration means change in velocity. But, as we have seen, velocity is a vector quantity. There are two ways that a vector can change: in magnitude and in direction. A change in either (or both) of these ...

Google previewVenture Deals (2011)

Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist by Brad Feld, Jason Mendelson

Single-trigger acceleration refers to automatic accelerated vesting upon a merger . Double-trigger acceleration refers to two events needing to take place before accelerated vesting, specifically an acquisition of the company combined with the ...

Google previewSection 02. Mechanics & Strength of Materials – Machinery’s Handbook 29

by Erik Oberg

When the velocity is variable and constantly increasing, the rate at which it changes is called acceleration. Acceleration is the rate at which the velocity of a body changes in a unit of time, as the change in feet or meters per second, in one ...

Google previewRobot Control 2003 (SYROCO '03) (2004)

A Proceedings Volume from the 7th IFAC Symposium, Wrocław, Poland, 1-3 September 2003 by Ignacy Dulęba, Jurek Sasiadek

Acceleration is a positive constant am“. 0 Negative maximum jerk, for T3 time interval. Acceleration is linearly decreasing from am“ to “lama:0 Zero jerk for T4 msec. Acceleration is a negative constant 43";,“. 0 Positive maximum jerk, for T5 time ...

Google previewLate Modernity (2014)

Trajectories towards Morphogenic Society by Margaret Archer

And along with William Scheuerman, Rosa later insists that “the concept of social acceleration is an indispensable tool for...

Google previewUnderstanding Energy (1991)

Energy, Entropy, and Thermodynamics for Everyman by R. Stephen Berry

Acceleration is the rate at which velocity changes with time: (miles per hour) per hour, or (meters per second) per second.

Positive acceleration means either an object is moving to more positive directions and is speeding up, or that it is ...

Google previewThe Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics (2009)

by Christopher Clapham, James Nicholson

acceleration—time graph any particular example of the algebraic structure in question. The theory of certain algebraic structures is highly developed; in particular, the theory of vector spaces is so extensive that its study, known as * linear ...

Google previewThe Whiplash Encyclopedia (2006)

by Robert Ferrari

ply the acceleration by the mass of the head and neck. Engineers often avoid the term "g-force" because it is confusing. Whiplash experiments tell us how high the head acceleration must be before pain is reported. Thus, when an engineer ...

Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of Physics, Fourth Edition (2009)

by John Daintith

acceleration Symbol: a The SI unit of linear acceleration is the meter per second per second (m s–2). The SI unit of angular ac- celeration is the radian per second per second (rad s–2). 1. When considering motion ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia perthensis, or, Universal dictionary of the arts, sciences, literature, etc. : intended to supersede the use of other books of reference (1816)

« ACCELERATION. «./. Yaeteleratio, Latin ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Britannica, Or a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature (1810)

Suppofing the acceleration to be always the fame, we conceive of this constancy, that in equal times there are equal ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of International Sports Studies (2012)

by Roger Bartlett, Chris Gratton, Christer G. Rolf

ACCELEROMETRY Accelerometers measure the acceleration of the object on which they are mounted. They consist, in effect, of a mass mounted on a cantilever beam or spring, which is attached to the accelerometer housing. As the housing ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety: Chemical, industries and occupations (1998)

by Jeanne Mager Stellman

ACCELERATION. AND. MlCROGRAVITY. IN. THE. AEROSPACE. ENVIRONMENT. Relford Patterson and Russell B. Rayman Since the first sustained flight of a powered aircraft at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina (United States) , in 1903, aviation ...

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Emphasis was usually put on the horizontal acceleration factor, for the simple reason that ordinary structures have a built-in safety factor for the vertical component; that is, gravity. (Charles Francis Richter)
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