rapid

adjective
rap·​id | \ ˈra-pəd How to pronounce rapid (audio) \

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The state’s vaccination rates are high and residents have ready access to vaccines, rapid tests, and therapeutics, officials said. Amanda Kaufman, BostonGlobe.com, 13 May 2022 And with a large number of Covid infections going undercounted because of the use of at-home rapid tests, the rate of severe cases looks even more hopeful, experts say. Berkeley Lovelace Jr., NBC News, 12 May 2022 The Strategic National Stockpile needs 1 billion rapid tests going into the fall but will have only 400 million to 500 million without additional funding, the official said. Arkansas Online, 8 May 2022 The Strategic National Stockpile needs 1 billion rapid tests going into the fall, but will have only 400 to 500 million without additional funding, the official said. Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times, 6 May 2022 Many have also been key to the federal effort to make available rapid, at-home Covid-19 tests. Will Feuer, WSJ, 4 May 2022 Still, the teams were often able to de-escalate situations and find a way to safely get patrons into the theater, including finding rapid tests nearby. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 May 2022 In the past few weeks, as cases have ratcheted up, people scrambled to buy up rapid tests with stores selling out in just a few hours. Huizhong Wu, USA TODAY, 29 Apr. 2022 In recent months, testing practices have changed across the country, as at-home rapid tests have gone fully mainstream. Yasmin Tayag, The Atlantic, 28 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There’s not a single rapid in 100 river miles between Ruby Ranch, through Canyonlands National Park, to the confluence with the Colorado River, making this the most mellow of family flat-water floats. Katie Arnold, Outside Online, 25 July 2014 On one commercial trip, while the rest of the guides and clients portaged the rafts along the bank of a Class VI rapid called Number 9, Coetzee, without telling anyone, ran it in his kayak. Grayson Schaffer, Outside Online, 7 Feb. 2011 Sabine Heller, the chief commercial officer for Sollis, told me that the concierge service has expanded since then, with members now enjoying unlimited rapid, PCR, and antibody testing as well as monoclonal antibody treatments and other services. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, 13 Feb. 2022 No appointments are required for the free rapid and PCR tests. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, 22 Jan. 2022 Stookesberry lagged behind after that last rapid and then noticed Coetzee signaling him forward. Grayson Schaffer, Outside Online, 7 Feb. 2011 All week in Normal Heights, dozens of people lined up at a free rapid and PCR testing site on 30th Street run by the Center for COVID Control, the line getting longer with each passing day. San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Dec. 2021 Private group or individual plans would have to cover one of each dosage form (either vial or pen) and one of each type (rapid-acting, short-acting, intermediate-acting and long-acting) for no more than $35. Katie Lobosco And Tami Luhby, CNN, 7 Dec. 2021 Greece this month introduced rules requiring unvaccinated people to present a negative rapid or PCR test in order to gain access to public services, banks, shops and hair salons. New York Times, 15 Nov. 2021 See More

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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

borrowed from French & Latin; French rapide, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Latin rapidus "(of water) flowing violently enough to sweep anything along in its path, swiftly moving, quick," from rapere "to seize and carry off, carry or sweep along" + -idus, adjective suffix; rapere perhaps going back to pre-Latin *rep-, secondary zero-grade from presumed *erp-, going back to Indo-European *h1rp-, zero-grade of a base *h1rep- "seize, pluck," whence also Lithuanian aprė́piu, aprė́pti "to surround, include," Albanian rjep "removes, robs," Greek ereptómenos "feeding on, devouring"

Noun

borrowed from French rapide, noun derivative of rapide, adjective, "swiftly moving, rapid entry 1"

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rapid

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rap·​id | \ ˈra-pəd How to pronounce rapid (audio) \

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: very fast a rapid current rapid progress

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