: operated or adapted for operation at high speed
: relating to the production of short-exposure photographs of rapidly moving objects or events of short duration

Examples of high-speed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In July, a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 40 ended in a ramming maneuver by a trooper that left a suspect, a West Memphis man, dead and another trooper injured. Daniel McFadin, Arkansas Online, 26 Sep. 2023 The coiling and curving interiors enclose private rehearsal spaces equipped with precision acoustics and high-speed connectivity for remote learning. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2023 The high-speed hair dryer rotates from a 90-degree angle to a 180-degree line — which is when things get interesting. Liana Schaffner, Allure, 21 Sep. 2023 For those unfamiliar, 3D V-Cache allows AMD to stack additional cache (high-speed, short-term memory) directly onto its CPU. Monica Chin, The Verge, 21 Sep. 2023 On the government side, Renne pointed to California’s effort to build a high-speed rail system. Terry Spencer, Fortune, 21 Sep. 2023 While rural and suburban commuters see interstates as a daily connection to work, urban entertainment and high-speed crosstown connectors, the freeways also are key to the nation's economy. Mark Nichols, ABC News, 20 Sep. 2023 The only thing to note is that the town doesn’t technically offer high-speed internet. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 20 Sep. 2023 The last fatal police shooting in Providence was six years ago, when five Providence officers and four state troopers shot and killed a driver and wounded a passenger after a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 95, during which the driver was ramming his truck into other vehicles. Amanda Milkovits, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of high-speed was in 1844

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“High-speed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high-speed. Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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: going or made for operation at high speed

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