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

Palladium tumbled Wednesday, after the head of one of the metal’s biggest producers said a rapid rise in prices may have created a bubble. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Palladium Drops Amid Concerns About Price Bubble," 27 Mar. 2019 The contracts are in response to the rapid development of hypersonics in Russia and China, a development that could challenge U.S. technological superiority. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The First U.S. Hypersonic Weapons: Arrow and Hacksaw," 21 Aug. 2018 The push is part of the new Modern Heritage program aimed at protecting the mid-20th century architecture that ushered in the city’s rapid development. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Dubai’s first skyscraper will be included in new preservation initiative," 14 Aug. 2018 Kim Jong-pil had enjoyed a strong support from his home turf in central Chungcheong province and people who valued the rapid economic development during Park’s rule. Hyung-jin Kim, Washington Post, "Kim Jong-pil, spymaster and two-time prime minister of South Korea, dies at 92," 24 June 2018 Under the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran stopped enriching uranium to the 20 percent level that would allow for rapid development of a nuclear weapon and agreed to a limit of under 5 percent. Thomas Erdbrink, BostonGlobe.com, "Iran moves to lift its nuclear enrichment capacity," 6 June 2018 Under the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran stopped enriching uranium to the 20 percent level that would allow for rapid development of a nuclear weapon and agreed to a limit of under 5 percent. Thomas Erdbrink, New York Times, "Iran Moves to Lift Its Nuclear Enrichment Capacity," 5 June 2018 The justices' vigorous defense of Fourth Amendment protections against search and seizure has been fueled in part by their skepticism of government power, as well as the rapid development of increasingly intrusive technology. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "From heroin in rental car trunk to stolen motorcycle, Supreme Court defends privacy rights," 1 June 2018 Wide receivers coach Ted Gilmore, who oversaw the rapid development of a young unit, is to be paid $400,000. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW football assistants rewarded for record-setting 2017 season," 16 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

How Microsoft navigates the Windows 7 rapids could mean the difference between smooth sailing and users abandoning ship. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 7 will use pop-ups to warn users of the operating system's impending death," 12 Mar. 2019 Frequently, the bows are under water in the rapids. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Lost Art of Floating Logs Down the River," 16 Feb. 2019 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

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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 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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