light speed

noun
|Updated on: 14 Jun 2018

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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1914

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