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terminal velocity



  1. (CLASSICAL MECH) The constant velocity finally attained by a body moving through a fluid under gravity when there is no resultant force acting on it. See also viscosity.

  2. (AERONAUTICS) The hypothetical maximum speed that a body, under given conditions of weight and thrust, could attain along a specified straight flight path, if diving though an unlimited distance in air of uniform density.

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