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rapid

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adjective rap·id \ˈra-pəd\

Simple Definition of rapid

  • : happening in a short amount of time : happening quickly

  • : having a fast rate

  • : moving quickly

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rapid

  1. :  marked by a fast rate of motion, activity, succession, or occurrence

rapidly adverb
rapidness noun

Examples of rapid in a sentence

  1. There's been rapid growth in the number of new businesses in the town.

  2. Scientists are concerned about the rapid disappearance of the island's coral reefs.

  3. She carefully guided the boat through the rapid water.



Origin of rapid

Latin rapidus seizing, sweeping, rapid, from rapere to seize, sweep away; akin to Lithuanian aprėpti to embrace


First Known Use: 1634

Synonym Discussion of rapid

fast, rapid, swift, fleet, quick, speedy, hasty, expeditious mean moving, proceeding, or acting with celerity. fast and rapid are very close in meaning, but fast applies particularly to the thing that moves <fast horses> and rapid to the movement itself <rapid current>. swift suggests great rapidity coupled with ease of movement <returned the ball with one swift stroke>. fleet adds the implication of lightness and nimbleness <fleet runners>. quick suggests promptness and the taking of little time <a quick wit>. speedy implies quickness of successful accomplishment <speedy delivery of mail> and may also suggest unusual velocity. hasty suggests hurry and precipitousness and often connotes carelessness <a hasty inspection>. expeditious suggests efficiency together with rapidity of accomplishment <the expeditious handling of an order>.

Rhymes with rapid


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rapid

noun rap·id

Definition of rapid

  1. :  a part of a river where the current is fast and the surface is usually broken by obstructions —usually used in plural but singular or plural in construction



1765

First Known Use of rapid

1765



RAPID Defined for Kids

rapid

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adjective rap·id \ˈra-pəd\

Definition of rapid for Students

  1. :  very fast <a rapid current> <rapid progress>

rapidly adverb




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