Definition of rapid in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈrapɪd



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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 rapids
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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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  • 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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