Definition of rapid in English:

rapid

Line breaks: rapid
Pronunciation: /ˈrapɪd
 
/

adjective

1Happening in a short time or at a great rate: the country’s rapid economic decline they lost three wickets in rapid succession
More example sentences
  • My forecast is for that number to continue to grow to at a rapid rate across the coming years.
  • Gun collecting has really taken off in the last few years and prices are moving up at a rapid rate.
  • With the rapid fall in interest rates the desire to purchase an annuity diminished.
Synonyms
1.1(Of an action) characterized by great speed: they made a rapid exit
More example sentences
  • As the name indicates, the eyes of the sleeper move back and forth at rapid speed during their sleep.
  • Billy Whizz, named for the rapid speed at which he could move, escaped on July 16 last year.
  • His ugly face split into a malicious grin and he bore down upon her with rapid speed.

noun

(usually rapids) Back to top  
A fast-flowing and turbulent part of the course of a river: those of you looking for adventure can shoot the rapids
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

rapidness

noun
More example sentences
  • 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.

Definition of rapid in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day guzzle
Pronunciation: ˈgʌz(ə)l
verb
eat or drink (something) greedily