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speed US English

The rate at which someone or something is able to move or operate

full steam ahead US English

Used to indicate that one should proceed with as much speed or energy as possible

speed in Alfvén wave US English

A hydromagnetic shear wave in a plasma that moves along magnetic field lines. The velocity of such waves (the Alfvén velocity or speed) is characteristic for a plasma of given properties

speed US Thesaurus

the speed of their progress

jet speed US English

The speed of a jet; specifically that of a jet aircraft; (hence hyperbolically) an extremely high speed.

off-speed US English

Slower than expected

at speed US English


speed bag US English

A small punching bag used by boxers for practicing quick punches

speed-up US English

An increase in speed, especially in a person’s or machine’s rate of working

clock speed US English

The operating speed of a computer or its microprocessor, defined as the rate at which it performs internal operations and expressed in cycles per second (megahertz)

high-speed US English

Moving, operating, or happening very quickly

light speed US English

The speed of light. Also (hyperbolically): an extremely high speed.

quad-speed US English

(Of a CD-ROM drive, especially formerly) capable of revolving the CD-ROM at a speed of 920 rpm

speed bump US English

A ridge set in a road surface, typically at intervals, to control the speed of vehicles

speed dial US English

A function on some telephones that allows numbers to be entered into a memory and dialed using fewer buttons

speed limit US English

The maximum speed at which a vehicle may legally travel on a particular stretch of road

speed-read US English

Read rapidly by assimilating several phrases or sentences at once

speed trap US English

An area of road in which hidden police detect vehicles exceeding a speed limit, typically by radar

warp speed US English

An extremely high speed

wind speed US English

The rate at which air is moving in a particular area

wire speed US English

The speed at which a wire is moved or dispensed by a machine or process.

high-speed US Thesaurus

a high-speed chase on the highway

Alfvén speed US English

The speed of an Alfvén wave, which is characteristic for a plasma of given properties.

engine speed US English

The rate of revolution of an engine's crankshaft.

landing speed US English

The speed at which an aircraft lands

railway speed US English

The speed at which railway trains may or can run; (figurative) a very fast speed.

shutter speed US English

The time for which a shutter is open at a given setting

speed breaker US English

A speed bump

speed camera US English

A roadside camera triggered by speeding vehicles, taking either video footage or a photograph of the vehicle with a record of its speed

speed dating US English

An organized social activity in which people seeking romantic relationships have a series of short conversations with potential partners in order to determine whether there is mutual interest

speed garage US English

A form of garage music originating in the United Kingdom in the late 1990s, characterized by a fast beat and a heavy bass line like that of drum and bass.

speed skating US English

A form of ice skating in which competitors race against each other, typically around an oval track

surface speed US English

The circumferential speed of a rotating wheel, bobbin, tool, etc.

cruising speed US English

A speed for a particular vehicle, ship, or aircraft, usually somewhat below maximum, that is comfortable and economical

decision speed US English

The speed of an aircraft above which a take-off should not normally be aborted.

dictation speed US English

A rate of speech slow enough for someone to be able to write down what is said

railroad speed US English

The speed of a vehicle travelling on a railroad; a very rapid pace.

reversal speed US English

The air speed above which the effect of a control surface is reversed, and at which it is nullified, by the aerodynamic effect of the elastic deformation caused by the action of the surface.

up to speed US English

Operating at full speed

speed merchant US English

A motorist who enjoys driving fast

pick up speed US English

(Of a vehicle) go faster; accelerate

turn of speed US English

The ability to go fast when necessary

speed up in speed US English

Move or work more quickly

high-speed steel US English

Any of various heat-treated steel alloys of great toughness and hardness, used in tools for high-speed cutting and drilling (especially those in which the components may become red hot from friction); frequently attributive.

radar speed check US English

A check on the speed of motor vehicles that employs radar; a radar trap.

radar speed trap US English

= radar trap.

more haste, less speed US English

You make better progress with a task if you don’t try to do it too quickly

up to speed in speed US English

Operating at full speed

pick up speed in speed US English

(Of a vehicle) go faster; accelerate

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