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rap·id

 (răp′ĭd)
adj. rap·id·er, rap·id·est
Moving, acting, or occurring with great speed. See Synonyms at fast1.
n. often rapids
An extremely fast-moving part of a river, caused by a steep descent in the riverbed.

[Latin rapidus, from rapere, to seize; see rep- in Indo-European roots.]

ra·pid′i·ty (rə-pĭd′ĭ-tē), rap′id·ness (răp′ĭd-nĕs) n.
rap′id·ly adv.

rapid

(ˈræpɪd)
adj
1. (of an action or movement) performed or occurring during a short interval of time; quick: a rapid transformation.
2. characterized by high speed: rapid movement.
3. acting or moving quickly; fast: a rapid worker.
[C17: from Latin rapidus tearing away, from rapere to seize; see rape1]
ˈrapidly adv
rapidity, ˈrapidness n

rap•id

(ˈræp ɪd)

adj. -er, -est,
n. adj.
1. occurring within a short time: rapid growth.
2. acting with speed; swift: a rapid worker.
3. characterized by speed: rapid motion.
n.
4. Usu., rapids. a part of a river where the current runs very swiftly.
[1625–35; < Latin rapidus tearing away, swift]
rap′id•ly, adv.
syn: See quick.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rapid - a part of a river where the current is very fastrapid - a part of a river where the current is very fast
river - a large natural stream of water (larger than a creek); "the river was navigable for 50 miles"
waterway - a navigable body of water
Adj.1.rapid - done or occurring in a brief period of time; "a rapid rise through the ranks"
fast - acting or moving or capable of acting or moving quickly; "fast film"; "on the fast track in school"; "set a fast pace"; "a fast car"
2.rapid - characterized by speed; moving with or capable of moving with high speed; "a rapid movement"; "a speedy car"; "a speedy errand boy"
fast - acting or moving or capable of acting or moving quickly; "fast film"; "on the fast track in school"; "set a fast pace"; "a fast car"

rapid

adjective
1. sudden, prompt, speedy, precipitate, express, immediate, fleet, swift, quickie (informal), expeditious the country's rapid economic growth
sudden gradual, tardy
2. quick, fast, hurried, swift, brisk, hasty, flying, pdq (slang) He walked at a rapid pace along Charles Street.
quick slow, deliberate, leisurely, unhurried

rapid

adjective
1. Characterized by great celerity:
Informal: hell-for-leather.
Idiom: quick as a bunny.
2. Accomplished in very little time:
Translations
سَريع
rychlý
hurtig
koskinopearipeä
gyors
fljótursnöggur, hraîur
急流
sraunuma
ātrsstraujš
hiter
forshastigsnabb

rapid

[ˈræpɪd] ADJrápido

rapid

[ˈræpɪd] adj
[change, growth, rise, decline] → rapide
[pulse, heartbeat, pace] → rapide
in rapid succession → à la suiterapid fire ntir m rapiderapid-fire [ˌræpɪdˈfaɪər] adj
[gun] → à tir rapide
[conversation] → rapide, enlevé(e)
rapid-fire dialogue → dialogue en rafale
rapid-fire questions → questions en rafale, feu roulant de questions
(mainly US) [growth, development, industrialization] → accéléré(e)

rapid

adjschnell; action, movement alsorasch; improvement, change, spread alsorapide; decline, riserapide, steil; smilekurz; loss of heatplötzlich; river, waterfallreißend; slope, descentsteil
n rapids
pl (Geog) → Stromschnellen pl; to ride or run the rapidsdie Stromschnellen hinunterfahren

rapid

:
rapid deployment force, rapid reaction force
rapid eye movement sleep
nREM-Phase f
rapid fire
n (Mil) → Schnellfeuer nt; rapid of questions (fig)Feuerwerk ntvon Fragen
rapid-fire
adj attr (esp US) rapid gunSchnellfeuergewehr nt; rapid questionsFragen wie aus dem Schnellfeuergewehr

rapid

[ˈræpɪd] adjrapido/a

rapid

(ˈrӕpid) adjective
quick; fast. He made some rapid calculations; He looked feverish and had a rapid pulse.
ˈrapidly adverb
raˈpidity noun
ˈrapidness noun
ˈrapids noun plural
a place in a river where the water flows quickly, often having dangerous rocks in mid-stream.

rapid

a. rápido-a, veloz;
___ eye movementmovimientos oculares ___;
adv. rápidamente.

rapid

adj rápido; rapid-acting de acción rápida
References in classic literature ?
He flattered himself that he knew Jo pretty well, and was, therefore, much amazed by the contradictions of voice, face, and manner, which she showed him in rapid succession that day, for she was in half a dozen different moods in the course of half an hour.
He could feel the rapid beating of the beast's heart and that made his own heart beat less rapidly.
Tom and Ned found it difficult to comprehend all the rapid Spanish spoken by their host, but they managed to understand some, and his eloquent gestures made up the rest.
Her rapid footsteps shook her own floors, and she routed lassitude and indifference wherever she came.
She liked the rapid gait at which they spun along, and the quick, sharp sound of the horses' hoofs on the hard road.
On that day, two men were lingering on the banks of a small but rapid stream, within an hour's journey of the encampment of Webb, like those who awaited the appearance of an absent person, or the approach of some expected event.
He gave rapid orders on many different matters, asked to have read to him a cablegram he expected from Petersburg, and one from Vienna.
Before Christie opened the door her face underwent a rapid transformation: the gentle glow of a refined woman's welcome suddenly beamed in her interested eyes; the impulsive courtesy of an expectant hostess eagerly seizing a long- looked-for opportunity broke in a smile upon her lips as she swept across the room, and stopped with her two white outstretched hands before Whiskey Dick.
With a brief sketch, therefore, of the circumstances amid which the foundation of the house was laid, and a rapid glimpse at its quaint exterior, as it grew black in the prevalent east wind,--pointing, too, here and there, at some spot of more verdant mossiness on its roof and walls,--we shall commence the real action of our tale at an epoch not very remote from the present day.
It was wonderful, the vast variety of forms into which she threw her intellect, with no continuity, indeed, but darting' up and dancing, always in a state of preternatural activity -- soon sinking down, as if exhausted by so rapid and feverish a tide of life -- and succeeded by other shapes of a similar wild energy.
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In as calm, but rapid a manner as possible, I gave her to understand the whole case.