# Average speed

the total distance traveled divided by the total time elapsed.

Contemporary *Examples*

Between 1980 and 1990, the average speed of a Tour de France rider was 37.5 kilometers per hour.

Lance Armstrong’s Teammate Tells All: ‘The Secret Race’ By Tyler Hamilton The Daily Beast September 7, 2012

Historical *Examples*

The average speed of steam-vessels has also undergone a gradual increase by such improvements.

The Steam Engine Explained and Illustrated (Seventh Edition) Dionysius Lardner

The distance under steam was 966 knots, and the average speed 65 knots.

The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

Three miles an hour being the average speed at which the boat went, the walkers easily kept up with it.

Red Rooney R.M. Ballantyne

The average speed of the Atlantic trades is about eleven miles an hour.

Meteorology Charles Fitzhugh Talman

Her average speed was nine knots, but with a fair wind she did eleven.

Famous Sea Fights John Richard Hale

The average speed of the expedition was about three miles an hour.

The British Expedition to the Crimea William Howard Russell

Our North American lows travel at an average speed of 600 miles a day.

Meteorology Charles Fitzhugh Talman

However this may be, it appears that the average speed of running races in France has increased since 1872.

Lippincott’s Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 26, October, 1880 Various

On the measured mile trial trips the Italian launch gave an average speed of 8.43 miles an hour with and against the tide.

Scientific American Supplement, No. 620, November 19,1887 Various

**noun**

the average distance traveled per hour; the distance traveled divided by the time taken

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