celerity


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ce·ler·i·ty

 (sə-lĕr′ĭ-tē)
n.
Swiftness of action or motion; speed. See Synonyms at haste.

[French célérité, from Old French, from Latin celeritās, from celer, swift.]

celerity

(sɪˈlɛrɪtɪ)
n
rapidity; swiftness; speed
[C15: from Old French celerite, from Latin celeritās, from celer swift]

ce•ler•i•ty

(səˈlɛr ɪ ti)

n.
swiftness; speed.
[1480–90; < Middle French celerite < Latin celeritās=celer swift + -itās -ity]
syn: See speed.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.celerity - a rate that is rapid
pace, rate - the relative speed of progress or change; "he lived at a fast pace"; "he works at a great rate"; "the pace of events accelerated"
fleetness - rapidity of movement; "fleetness of foot"
immediateness, instancy, instantaneousness, immediacy - the quickness of action or occurrence; "the immediacy of their response"; "the instancy of modern communication"
expeditiousness, despatch, dispatch, expedition - the property of being prompt and efficient; "it was done with dispatch"
promptitude, promptness - the characteristic of doing things without delay

celerity

noun
Translations

celerity

[sɪˈlerɪtɪ] N (frm) → celeridad f

celerity

n (form)Geschwindigkeit f
References in classic literature ?
As he thundered out this he made a rush at Bildad, but with a marvellous oblique, sliding celerity, Bildad for that time eluded him.
But suddenly as he peered down and down into its depths, he profoundly saw a white living spot no bigger than a white weasel, with wonderful celerity uprising, and magnifying as it rose, till it turned, and then there were plainly revealed two long crooked rows of white, glistening teeth, floating up from the undiscoverable bottom.
The Miller pressed furiously forward, dealing blows with either end of his weapon alternately, and striving to come to half-staff distance, while Gurth defended himself against the attack, keeping his hands about a yard asunder, and covering himself by shifting his weapon with great celerity, so as to protect his head and body.
But hardly had he tasted a morsel when the man with the wand touched the plate with it, and they took it away from before him with the utmost celerity.
The ability of a country to pay taxes must always be proportioned, in a great degree, to the quantity of money in circulation, and to the celerity with which it circulates.
If my poor Flatland friend retained the vigour of mind which he enjoyed when he began to compose these Memoirs, I should not now need to represent him in this preface, in which he desires, firstly, to return his thanks to his readers and critics in Spaceland, whose appreciation has, with unexpected celerity, required a second edition of his work; secondly, to apologize for certain errors and misprints (for which, however, he is not entirely responsible); and, thirdly, to explain one or two misconceptions.
If the thoats did not respond with sufficient celerity to the telepathic instructions of their riders they were dealt a terrific blow between the ears with the butt of a pistol, and if they showed fight this treatment was continued until the brutes either were subdued, or had unseated their riders.
With celerity born of the fear of death the boy clambered into the branches of the tree, and a moment later the king of beasts entered the clearing and approached the carcass of an antelope which, until now, the boy had not seen.
Van Helsing returned with extraordinary celerity, bearing with him a surgical case.
D'Artagnan was therefore served with miraculous celerity.
He had by degrees assumed such authority over his companions that he was almost like a commander on board; and as his orders were always clear, distinct, and easy of execution, his comrades obeyed him with celerity and pleasure.
They slid down behind it with remarkable celerity, and from this position they began briskly to slice up the blue men.