- 1Happening in a short time or at a great rate: the country’s rapid economic decline they lost three wickets in rapid successionMore example sentences
quick, fast, swift, speedy, high-speed, expeditious, express, brisk, lively, prompt, flying, fleeting, lightning, meteoric, overnight, whirlwind, fast-track, whistle-stop; sudden, instantaneous, immediate, instant, hurried, hasty, abrupt, sharp, precipitate, breakneck, headlong• informal p.d.q. (pretty damn quick)• literary fleet
- 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.
- 1.1(Of an action) characterized by great speed: they made a rapid exitMore 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.
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- A fast-flowing and turbulent part of the course of a river: those of you looking for adventure can shoot the rapidsMore 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.
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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'.