speedup

noun
speed·​up | \ ˈspēd-ˌəp How to pronounce speedup (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Many aspects of modern finance, such as complex securities pricing, portfolio optimization and forecasting, rely on algorithms that are susceptible to potential quadratic or exponential speedup using quantum computers. Paul Lipman, Forbes, "Welcome To The Future: Navigating The Rich, Intertwined Quantum Software Ecosystem," 11 Mar. 2021 Perhaps the most famous quantum speedup comes from Shor's algorithm, which can find the factors of numbers (e.g. 5 and 3 are factors of 15) almost exponentially faster than the best classical algorithms. Ian Durham, Scientific American, "Physicists Need to Be More Careful with How They Name Things," 20 Feb. 2021 Without a significant speedup, vaccinating enough people in the United States to achieve herd immunity will take years, not months. Isaac Stanley-becker, Anchorage Daily News, "Shots are slow to reach arms as Trump administration leaves final steps of mass vaccination to beleaguered states," 31 Dec. 2020 Hamlington and colleagues first reported signs of the speedup in 2018 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Seas are rising faster than ever," 18 Nov. 2020 Just as crucial, the speedup in the deadline gives experts less time to check the data than ever before. Michael Wines, New York Times, "As Census Count Resumes, Doubts About Accuracy Continue to Grow," 24 Aug. 2020 The speedup announced late Monday effectively rescinds that request and assumes that the totals will be delivered by year’s end — before any new president or Congress might take office. Michael Wines, Star Tribune, "Census count is being cut short, raising concerns over accuracy," 4 Aug. 2020 The speedup announced late Monday effectively rescinds that request and assumes that the totals will be delivered by year’s end — before any new president or Congress might take office. Michael Wines, BostonGlobe.com, "After Census Bureau announces early end to its count, fears of a skewed tally rise," 4 Aug. 2020 Antigen tests, which immobilize antibodies on a test strip, promise an even greater speedup. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Radical shift in COVID-19 testing strategy needed to reopen schools and businesses, researchers say," 3 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of speedup

1921, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Speedup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speedup. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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speedup

noun

English Language Learners Definition of speedup

: an increase in the speed or rate of something

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