Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “acceleration”

See all translations

acceleration

noun uk   /əkˌsel.əˈreɪ.ʃən/ us  
[U] the increase in something's speed, or its ability to go faster: An older car will have poor acceleration. High winds significantly hampered the plane's acceleration. [S or U] the increase in the speed at which something happens: The acceleration in the decline of manufacturing industry began several years ago.
Translations of “acceleration”
in Korean 가속…
in Arabic تَسريع…
in Portuguese aceleração…
in Catalan acceleració…
in Japanese 加速…
in Italian accelerazione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 增速,加快, 加速性能, 加速…
in Chinese (Simplified) 增速,加快, 加速性能, 加速…
(Definition of acceleration from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of acceleration?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “acceleration” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

ellipsis

a situation in which words are left out of a sentence but the sentence can still be understood

Word of the Day

Euphemisms (Words used to Avoid Offending People)

by Kate Woodford,
March 04, 2015
​​​ We recently looked at the language that we use to describe lies and lying. One area of lying that we considered was ‘being slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth’. One reason for not speaking the complete truth is to avoid saying something that might upset or offend people. Words and

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More