adjective rap·id \ˈra-pəd\

: happening in a short amount of time : happening quickly

: having a fast rate

: moving quickly

Full Definition of RAPID

:  marked by a fast rate of motion, activity, succession, or occurrence
rap·id·ly adverb
rap·id·ness noun

Examples of RAPID

  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

Rhymes with RAPID



Definition of RAPID

:  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

First Known Use of RAPID



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