Acceleration is the act of increasing speed. When you buy a sports car, you want one that has great acceleration, so it can go from zero to 60 miles an hour in no time.

Acceleration comes from the Latin word accelerationem, which means "a hastening." When you hasten, you hurry, so acceleration is a speeding-up. Maybe you are walking to an appointment and realize you will be late. You pick up your pace — that's acceleration. If the rain on a stormy day begins to come down faster, that too is acceleration. As you can see, acceleration isn't just for cars.

Definitions of acceleration
  1. noun
    an increase in rate of change
    “modern science caused an acceleration of cultural change”
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    deceleration, retardation, slowing
    a decrease in rate of change
    getaway, pickup
    the attribute of being capable of rapid acceleration
    an unexpected acceleration or hastening
    type of:
    alteration, change, modification
    an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another
  2. noun
    the act of accelerating; increasing the speed
    synonyms: quickening, speedup
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    the act of decelerating; decreasing the speed
    type of:
    hurrying, speed, speeding
    changing location rapidly
  3. noun
    (physics) a rate of increase of velocity
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    (physics) a rate of decrease in velocity
    angular acceleration
    (physics) the rate of change of the angular velocity of a rotating body
    centripetal acceleration
    the acceleration toward the center that holds a satellite in elliptical orbit
    type of:
    a magnitude or frequency relative to a time unit
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