rapid

adjective
rap·​id | \ ˈra-pəd \

Definition of rapid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: marked by a fast rate of motion, activity, succession, or occurrence

rapid

noun

Definition of rapid (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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Other Words from rapid

Adjective

rapidly adverb
rapidness noun

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Adjective

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

Examples of rapid in a Sentence

Adjective

There's been rapid growth in the number of new businesses in the town. Scientists are concerned about the rapid disappearance of the island's coral reefs. She carefully guided the boat through the rapid water.
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For Volkow and others involved in the survey, the new concern is that these positive trends might be reversed by the rapid rise of vaping. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Teens are turning away from cigarettes and alcohol and toward vaping," 17 Dec. 2018 Natural Cycles last month became the first ever digital contraceptive device to win U.S. Food and Drug Administration marketing approval, underscoring the rapid rise of mobile health applications. Fox News, "Swedish regulator ends investigation of birth control app," 13 Sep. 2018 The rapid rise in both popularity and prestige is all the more striking in light of the school’s historical place in the higher education firmament. Alex Bhattacharji, Town & Country, "Can USC Survive Scandal and Shed Its Spoiled-Kid Reputation Once and For All?," 10 July 2018 Since January, Pakistan has seen the rapid rise of a group of young people who rely on peaceful tactics to protest military abuses against ethnic minorities, especially the second-largest group, Pashtuns. The Christian Science Monitor, "A nonviolent movement challenges Pakistan’s military," 22 June 2018 Also, using total compensation instead of wages might not be a good idea, because benefits might be increasing due to factors unrelated to the business cycle, such the rapid rise in health-care costs. Noah Smith, chicagotribune.com, "A job market this tight should deliver bigger raises," 11 June 2018 The rapid rise of the independent committees is an unintended consequence of the effort by good-government groups to limit money in politics. John Wildermuth, San Francisco Chronicle, "How California political ads fool voters, while candidates keep hands clean," 30 May 2018 While both Batra and Riedl don't believe Duplex technology is anything to be afraid of, other leading scientists and tech experts have raised questions about the rapid rise of AI. Jason Lemon, ajc, "Should we be concerned about Google's new human-like AI assistant?," 11 May 2018 The success is striking given that many investors worry about the rapid increases in Chinese debt levels over the last decade. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Battered Global Investors Find an Unlikely Safe Space: Chinese Bonds," 28 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Grab one or simply float on your own down this series of small rapids in the middle of town. Brent Crane, Outside Online, "America's Best Swimming Holes," 1 July 2018 Wolf River, Menominee County Rafters in two- or three-person rafts take on a series of rapids ranging from Class II to Class IV on a scenic stretch of the Wolf River in Menominee County. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "3 places to go whitewater rafting in Wisconsin," 14 June 2018 In 4th was Nakamura, who had improved his standing from the rapids with his blitz play, but just not enough. Chris Chase, BostonGlobe.com, "Chess notes," 23 June 2018 The headwaters park is a magnet for rafters and kayakers, with rapids rated from easy to extremely difficult. Dan Elliott, chicagotribune.com, "Whitewater river in Colorado a bright spot amid grim drought," 21 May 2018 The New River in West Virginia strings together a series of incredible rapids. Peter Reese, Popular Mechanics, "Five Things to Know Before Running a Wild River," 11 Aug. 2017 Options range from an intro 3-mile float from Coloma to Lotus up to a 20-mile Class III ride over 20 named rapids from Chili Bar to Salmon Falls — and quite a few in between. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Sunday getaway to Coloma," 1 July 2018 Authorities say Mario Benassi, 23, was swimming with a group of friends in the rapids about 300 feet downstream from the South Fork Bridge, over which Highway 49 runs. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Yuba River rapids take another life near Highway 49," 27 June 2018 The scariest thing about whitewater rafting isn't actually going through rapids. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Whitewater rafting on the Wolf River is a wild thrill," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of rapid

Adjective

1634, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1765, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rapid

Adjective

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

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rapid

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of rapid

: happening in a short amount of time : happening quickly
: having a fast rate
: moving quickly

rapid

adjective
rap·​id | \ ˈra-pəd \

Kids Definition of rapid

: very fast a rapid current rapid progress

Other Words from rapid

rapidly adverb

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