Speed vs. Velocity

Speed vs. Velocity — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Speed and Velocity

Speednoun

Distance traveled divided by the time of travel.

Velocitynoun

Rapidity or speed of motion; swiftness.

Speednoun

The limit of this quotient as the time of travel becomes vanishingly small; the first derivative of distance with respect to time.

Velocitynoun

(Physics) A vector quantity whose magnitude is a body's speed and whose direction is the body's direction of motion.

Speednoun

The magnitude of a velocity.

Velocitynoun

The rate at which something acts or occurs

the velocity of metabolism of glucose in muscle cells.
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Speednoun

Swiftness of action

He wrote the first chapter with great speed.

Velocitynoun

The rate at which money changes hands in an economy.

Speednoun

The act of moving rapidly

finished the race in a burst of speed.

Velocitynoun

(physics) A vector quantity that denotes the rate of change of position with respect to time, or a speed with the directional component.

Speednoun

The state of being in rapid motion; rapidity

The river's speed made a rescue difficult.

Velocitynoun

Rapidity of motion.

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Speednoun

A transmission gear or set of gears in a motor vehicle

What speed is the car in now?.

Velocitynoun

The rate of occurrence.

Speednoun

A numerical expression of the sensitivity of a photographic film, plate, or paper to light.

Velocitynoun

(economics) The number of times that an average unit of currency is spent during a specific period of time.

Speednoun

The capacity of a lens to accumulate light at an appropriate aperture.

Velocitynoun

distance travelled per unit time

Speednoun

The length of time required or permitted for a camera shutter to open and admit light.

Speednoun

(Slang) A stimulant drug, especially amphetamine or methamphetamine.

Speednoun

(Slang) One that suits or appeals to a person's inclinations, skills, or character

Living in a large city is not my speed.

Speednoun

(Archaic) Prosperity; luck.

Speedverb

To go, move, or proceed quickly

sped to the rescue.

Speedverb

To drive at a speed exceeding a legal limit

was speeding on the freeway.

Speedverb

To pass quickly

The days sped by. The months have sped along.

Speedverb

To move, work, or happen at a faster rate; accelerate

His pulse speeded up.

Speedverb

(Slang) To be under the influence of a stimulant drug.

Speedverb

To prove successful; prosper.

Speedverb

To get along in a specified manner; fare.

Speedverb

To cause to move or proceed quickly; hasten

no wind to speed the boat.

Speedverb

To increase the speed or rate of; accelerate. Often used with up

speed up a car.sped up production.

Speedverb

To further, promote, or expedite (a legal action, for example).

Speedverb

(Archaic) To help to succeed or prosper; aid.

Speednoun

The state of moving quickly or the capacity for rapid motion; rapidity.

How does Usain Bolt run at that speed?

Speednoun

The rate of motion or action, specifically (mathematics)/(physics) the magnitude of the velocity; the rate distance is traversed in a given time.

Speednoun

(photography) The sensitivity to light of film, plates or sensor.

Speednoun

(photography) The duration of exposure, the time during which a camera shutter is open.

Speednoun

(photography) The largest size of the lens opening at which a lens can be used.

Speednoun

(photography) The ratio of the focal length to the diameter of a photographic objective.

Speednoun

Amphetamine or any amphetamine-based drug (especially methamphetamine) used as a stimulant, especially illegally.

Speednoun

(archaic) Luck, success, prosperity.

Speednoun

(slang) Personal preference.

We could go to the shore next week, or somewhere else if that's not your speed.

Speednoun

A third-order measure of derivative price sensitivity, expressed as the rate of change of gamma with respect to changes in the underlying asset price.

Speedverb

To succeed; to prosper, be lucky.

Speedverb

To help someone, to give them fortune; to aid or favour.

God speed, until we meet again.

Speedverb

(intransitive) To go fast.

The Ferrari was speeding along the road.

Speedverb

(intransitive) To exceed the speed limit.

Why do you speed when the road is so icy?

Speedverb

(transitive) To increase the rate at which something occurs.

Speedverb

To be under the influence of stimulant drugs, especially amphetamines.

Speedverb

(obsolete) To be expedient.

Speedverb

(archaic) To hurry to destruction; to put an end to; to ruin.

Speedverb

(archaic) To wish success or good fortune to, in any undertaking, especially in setting out upon a journey.

Speedverb

To cause to make haste; to dispatch with celerity; to drive at full speed; hence, to hasten; to hurry.

Speedverb

To hasten to a conclusion; to expedite.

Speednoun

distance travelled per unit time

Speednoun

a rate (usually rapid) at which something happens;

the project advanced with gratifying speed

Speednoun

changing location rapidly

Speednoun

the ratio of the focal length to the diameter of a (camera) lens system

Speednoun

a central nervous system stimulant that increases energy and decreases appetite; used to treat narcolepsy and some forms of depression

Speedverb

step on it;

He rushed down the hall to receive his guestsThe cars raced down the street

Speedverb

move faster;

The car accelerated

Speedverb

travel at an excessive or illegal velocity;

I got a ticket for speeding

Speedverb

move very fast;

The runner zipped past us at breakneck speed

Speedverb

cause to move faster;

He accelerated the car