speed·​up | \ˈspēd-ˌəp \

Definition of speedup 

2 : an employer's demand for accelerated output without increased pay

Examples of speedup in a Sentence

I'd like to see some speedup in the selection process.

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All indications are, however, that the sorts of computers IBM and Intel are working on will provide massive speedups with far fewer qubits than D-Wave already has. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "D-Wave’s quantum computer successfully models a quantum system," 16 July 2018 People in Hollywood saw the largest speedup, shaving two minutes off their hauls to work. David Schutz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Pompano among Florida's cities with the fastest commutes," 11 July 2018 To go from trading equities to managing all sorts of financial transactions will require more than an order of magnitude speedup in the company’s networks of computers. John Markoff, New York Times, "Time Split to the Nanosecond Is Precisely What Wall Street Wants," 29 June 2018 The speedup in permitting is a goal that state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority officials overseeing the project have been pushing for several years. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, "Mid-Barataria Diversion permit finish line moved up to 2020," 2 Apr. 2018 The speedup was prompted by two derailments in the station this spring that wreaked havoc on rail service between Boston and Washington, D.C. Washington Post, "Penn Station repairs not addressing this commuters’ bane," 30 July 2017

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First Known Use of speedup

1921, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of speedup was in 1921

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English Language Learners Definition of speedup

: an increase in the speed or rate of something

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