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 These were the sentiments of Republican Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves when a reporter asked him to explain his minimal approach to contain the rapid spread of the coronavirus in his state. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "Mutant Liberalism," 14 May 2020 The goal was speed, given the rapid spread of disease. oregonlive, "Coronavirus immunity seems to be limited, and that has consequences for vaccines and antibody tests," 13 May 2020 Violence has intensified across Afghanistan, despite an initial peace agreement between the United States and the Taliban that was supposed to bring the war closer to an end, as well as the rapid spread of the coronavirus across the country. Mujib Mashal, BostonGlobe.com, "Attacks on Afghan maternity clinic and funeral ceremony leave dozens dead," 12 May 2020 The decision was made Monday night — a day after churches held public mass in San Francisco despite concerns over the rapid spread of the coronavirus. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: March 16-17," 24 Apr. 2020 Some have suggested that the main plague variant was pneumonic rather than bubonic because airborne transmission seems to support its rapid spread. National Geographic, "Indeed, historians have argued that the Black Death paved the way for a new wave of opportunity, creativity, and wealth from which would flourish the art, culture, and ideas of the Renaissance, and the beginnings of a recognizably modern Europe.," 23 Apr. 2020 Dense neighborhoods with several generations living under the same roof suffered a rapid spread of the... Michelle Caruso-cabrera, WSJ, "Why I’m Running Against AOC," 19 Apr. 2020 The outbreak of coronavirus and its rapid spread around the world have had an unprecedented impact on the travel industry. Eric Rosen, Travel + Leisure, "Will Travel Change After Coronavirus? Here's What Experts Have to Say," 18 Apr. 2020 Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, the demand for face masks has been higher than the U.S. supply can currently support. Adele Jackson-gibson, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Where You Can Buy Face Masks Online Right Now," 13 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Starting From Lumsden Bridge to Wards Ferry, a series of tricky rapids run one after another for 18 miles. Popular Science, "The 10 best canoe trips in the U.S. and Canada," 1 Jan. 2020 A few hours later, Dall sheep watch us splash through rapids from the grandstand of canyon walls. Christopher Solomon, New York Times, "Exploring a Timeless Wilderness, Before the Drilling Begins," 13 Sep. 2019 The same goes for tricky weather, exciting rapids, and killer fishing conditions. Popular Science, "The 10 best canoe trips in the U.S. and Canada," 1 Jan. 2020 Starting From Lumsden Bridge to Wards Ferry a series of tricky rapids run one after another for 18 miles. Ben Duchesney, Field & Stream, "The 10 Best Canoe Trips in North America," 26 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of rapid was in 1634

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20 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rapid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapid. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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rapid

adjective
How to pronounce rapid (audio)

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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