Hypertext Webster Gateway: "accelerate"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Accelerate \Ac*cel"er*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Accelerated};
p. pr. & vb. n. {Accelerating}.] [L. acceleratus, p. p. of
accelerare; ad + celerare to hasten; celer quick. See
1. To cause to move faster; to quicken the motion of; to add
to the speed of; -- opposed to {retard}.

2. To quicken the natural or ordinary progression or process
of; as, to accelerate the growth of a plant, the increase
of wealth, etc.

3. To hasten, as the occurence of an event; as, to accelerate
our departure.

{Accelerated motion} (Mech.), motion with a continually
increasing velocity.

{Accelerating force}, the force which causes accelerated
motion. --Nichol.

Syn: To hasten; expedite; quicken; dispatch; forward;
advance; further.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

v 1: move faster; "The car accelerated" [syn: {speed up}, {speed},
{quicken}] [ant: {decelerate}]
2: cause to move faster; "He accelerated the car" [syn: {speed},
{speed up}] [ant: {decelerate}]

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