from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The velocity, or a component of the velocity, of an object as it moves toward or away from an observer, as a star or galaxy observed from Earth. Periodic changes in the radial velocities of stars may indicate the presence of orbiting planets even if the planets themselves are not directly observable.
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- noun astronomy
motionof a startoward or away from the earth.
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- noun velocity along the line of sight toward or away from the observer
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