ra·​pid·​i·​ty | \ rə-ˈpi-də-tē How to pronounce rapidity (audio) , ra- \

Definition of rapidity

: the quality or state of being rapid

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Examples of rapidity in a Sentence

the rapidity with which she can do mental math calculations is amazing
Recent Examples on the Web An effort to help unemployed hospitality workers that got off the ground with great rapidity is the LEE initiative project at Mita's. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Some restaurants surviving while helping others," 5 June 2020 This probably isn't the Great Recession 2.0 Shiller acknowledges that the rapidity and scale of the stock market's 30% retreat since mid-February points more to another Great Depression or Great Recession than a shock triggered by a passing crisis. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Famed economist Robert Shiller doesn’t think we are headed for another Great Recession," 18 Mar. 2020 Still, considering the overall length of the crisis and the time spent getting a handle on the problems, the major decisions on how to get the crew home were made with almost stunning rapidity. Eric Berger & Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "The Greatest Leap, part 5: Saving the crew of Apollo 13," 11 Apr. 2020 At the moment, events are moving with stunning rapidity: -- The NBA has suspended the season, and a second NBA player reportedly has tested positive for the virus. oregonlive, "Pref Classic meet director Tom Jordan is monitoring spread of the coronavirus: Oregon track & field rundown," 12 Mar. 2020 AR-15s fire the same sorts of bullets as small-game hunting rifles, and do so with the same velocity and rapidity (one bullet per pull of the trigger). John R. Lott Jr., National Review, "Biden, Beto, and Gun Control," 4 Mar. 2020 The approval was expected; the exceptional rapidity of it wasn’t. Washington Post, "A Biotech Giant Not Named Biogen Also Had a Good Week," 25 Oct. 2019 In Washington, there’s an unnerving breathlessness over the rapidity of the deepening crisis with Iran—with no clear strategy for next steps outlined by the Administration, much less an exit strategy. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "The Breathtaking Unravelling of the Middle East After Qassem Suleimani’s Death," 6 Jan. 2020 Especially in Act Two, shocking personal revelations unspool with dizzying rapidity as the full extent of the damage wrought by Jones (and other difficult circumstances) spills into the open. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "‘The First Deep Breath’ at Victory Gardens is an epic exploration of an African-American family with debilitating secrets and pain," 24 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of rapidity

1654, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rapidity was in 1654

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“Rapidity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapidity. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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ra·​pid·​i·​ty | \ rə-ˈpi-də-tē How to pronounce rapidity (audio) \

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: the quality or state of being rapid She said it with such rapidity I missed it.

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