Definition of rapid in English:


Syllabification: rap·id
Pronunciation: /ˈrapid



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  • A fast-flowing and turbulent part of the course of a river.
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    • We could not see the other side and we had no boats that could brave the river rapids.
    • Water splashed into my mouth as the wild river rapids threw me this way and that.
    • Guides lead the party down river to negotiate the rapids and climb the rocks that block the way.



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  • In the heat, the grass grows rapidly and the flowers wilt fast, so there was much to be done.
  • Yet even he admits that defending his sport is rapidly becoming an impossible task.
  • Pea aphids can be found at low levels but are expected to multiply rapidly in the warm weather.
quickly, fast, swiftly, speedily, at the speed of light, posthaste, at full tilt, briskly; hurriedly, hastily, in haste, in a rush, precipitately
informal like a shot, pretty damn quick, PDQ, in a flash, on the double, like a bat out of hell, like lightning, like greased lightning, like mad, like the wind, lickety-split, at warp speed
literary apace


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  • He said that the government had prioritized the sale of ‘technology driven’ companies because of the rapidness of change in technology.
  • I consider the gameplay speed of Halo 2 to be just perfect for online playing compared to the vertigo-inducing rapidness of Doom 3.
  • As I listened to the steady in-and-out of my own breathing, and the increasing rapidness of my heartbeat, I wished, for a moment in time, that Kerwin would kiss me.


mid 17th century: from Latin rapidus, from rapere 'take by force'.

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