light speed

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Definition of light speed 

: the speed of light Accelerating particles to near light speed, such machines are ideal for smashing them to make exotic states of matter, blast out new particles, or even search for new dimensions of space.— Adrian Cho also, informal : an extremely fast rate or speed A Netflix spokesman said it was adding titles at light speed while negotiating daily with studios, which have their own strategy for dealing with online distribution. — Josh Quittner

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Starships will always jump to light speed and boldly go, but the franchising of outer space by the Marvels and the Disneys has pushed our more inventive creators inward. Jason Kehe, WIRED, "Sci-Fi Invades Netflix—as They Both Invade Your Home," 9 July 2018 But even with scooters things are moving at near-light speed. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "Promises, Promises," 22 June 2018 In this Australian import, your favorite characters from Endor, Tatooine and beyond trade light speed for strip tease. 8 p.m. Saturday, June 9. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Lily Janiak’s theater picks, June 3," 31 May 2018 But the biggest obstacle for FTL is the one kids learn in school: light speed is the galactic speed limit. Kathryn Doyle, Popular Mechanics, "Why Don't We Have Faster-Than-Light Travel?," 10 Jan. 2013 The trade market happens to feature a superstar shortstop whose team is going nowhere at light speed: Manny Machado. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Corey Seager's Season-Ending Injury Further Exposes the Flawed Dodgers," 1 May 2018 That’s light speed compared with the complicated American system. Ian Austen, New York Times, "Why Toronto Made ‘the Playoffs’ for Amazon’s Headquarters," 18 Jan. 2018 Liana’s Eastern European mall rat style runs (at lighting speed!) counter to my own. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "What Happened When Two Vogue Writers Switched Styles For a Day," 22 Dec. 2017 The reviews Star Wars: The Last Jedi are coming in at light speed. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' — What the Critics Are Saying," 12 Dec. 2017

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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