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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This has led to a vast production of data and, subsequently, to the rapid development of cybercrime and digital identity theft. Deepak Gupta, Forbes, "Guard Digital Identity With Artificial Intelligence," 6 Apr. 2021 And the pink house embodies the rapid development encroaching on a precious ecosystem, home to more than 2,500 species and subspecies of animals, half of which exist only there. Isabelle Khurshudyan, Washington Post, "Along Russia’s majestic Lake Baikal, the quest for tourism cash stalks a pristine landscape," 1 Apr. 2021 The rapid development of Covid-19 vaccines, achieved at record speed and financed by massive public funding in the United States, the European Union and Britain, represents a great triumph of the pandemic. New York Times, "Rich Countries Signed Away a Chance to Vaccinate the World," 21 Mar. 2021 The rapid development of COVID-19 vaccines, achieved at record speed and financed by massive public funding in the United States, the European Union, and Britain, represents a great triumph of the pandemic. BostonGlobe.com, "Rich countries signed away a chance to vaccinate the world," 21 Mar. 2021 Under Kagame, who became president in 2000, the former Belgian colony has seen rapid development through foreign investments from companies and organizations such as Starbucks and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. NBC News, "He was praised after the movie 'Hotel Rwanda,' now Paul Rusesabagina faces terrorism charges," 20 Mar. 2021 Trump’s reluctance is ironic given his insistence on receiving credit for overseeing the rapid development of the COVID-19 vaccines, a landmark scientific accomplishment. Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times, "Can Republicans be persuaded to give COVID-19 vaccines a shot?," 15 Mar. 2021 The rapid development of vaccines may be one of the remarkable scientific achievements of all time. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Turning the corner on pandemic as spring approaches," 10 Mar. 2021 Behind the skepticism are lingering doubts about Sputnik V’s rapid development and an ingrained distrust of authorities stemming from the country’s Soviet past. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Russia’s Covid-19 Vaccine Is Embraced Abroad, Snubbed at Home," 8 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Participating plans do not have to cover all insulin products, just one of each dosage form (vial, pen) and insulin type (rapid-acting, short-acting, intermediate-acting and long-acting). Dallas News, "If you’re on Medicare, now is the time to shop," 20 Nov. 2020 Interspersed with shallow rapids are canyons deep enough that the team had to use measuring equipment designed for the deep ocean to study them. Asher Elbein, New York Times, "Earth’s Deepest River Conceals an Evolutionary Mystery," 25 Feb. 2020 There are plenty of challenges along the way: an encounter with thundering rapids, a tugboat suddenly bearing down on the woman in her small craft, the squall that tips her canoe and loses her tent. Washington Post, "Three new books for young readers explore challenge — and possibility," 14 Jan. 2020 Arkansas — Buffalo National River America’s first national river travels 135 miles through the Ozark Mountains, chugging over rapids, forming peaceful pools and passing rocky bluffs topped by emerald forest. Sarah Feldberg, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Place to Camp in Each of the 50 States," 24 Feb. 2017 On this date in 1952, firefighters, police and private citizens staged a massive rescue effort to save three boys from the rapids of the Los Angeles River. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Making the case against Trump," 23 Jan. 2020 Here are some spots worth visiting: Outdoor fun Watersports enthusiasts don't need to leave downtown to hone their skills on the rapids. Erin E. Williams, Dallas News, "Stunning vistas, modern museums and great food make Reno a solid bet," 2 July 2019 These sections are more wild and less developed, but there are also rapids to contend with in spots. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "12 places to camp along water in Wisconsin," 12 Apr. 2018 Whether it’s jet-boating in Machu Picchu with Red Savannah, rock-climbing in Colorado River’s write water rapids, or racing across Norway’s glaciers on snowmobiles, these destinations are sure to fuel an Arian’s venturous spirit. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Where To Travel In 2020 Based On Your Zodiac Sign," 11 Jan. 2020

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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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11 Apr 2021

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“Rapid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapid. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce rapid (audio) \

Kids Definition of rapid

: very fast a rapid current rapid progress

Other Words from rapid

rapidly adverb

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