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rapid

adjective rap·id \ ˈra-pəd \

Definition of rapid

: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.

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Origin and Etymology of rapid

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

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

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rapid

noun

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

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First Known Use of rapid

1765



RAPID Defined for English Language Learners

rapid

adjective

Definition of rapid for English Language Learners

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

  • : having a fast rate

  • : moving quickly


RAPID Defined for Kids

rapid

adjective rap·id \ ˈra-pəd \

Definition of rapid for Students

:very fast
  • a rapid current
  • rapid progress

rapidly

adverb


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