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.]
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celerity

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

(səˈlɛr ɪ ti)

n.
swiftness; speed.
[1480–90; < Middle French celerite < Latin celeritās=celer swift + -itās -ity]
syn: See speed.
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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
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celerity

noun
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Translations

celerity

[sɪˈlerɪtɪ] N (frm) → celeridad f
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celerity

n (form)Geschwindigkeit f
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References in classic literature ?
For the helmet of Pluto, which maketh the politic man go invisible, is secrecy in the counsel, and celerity in the execution.
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.
Here, however, she thought she might have launched forth with safety; and the sagacious reader will not perhaps accuse her of want of sufficient forecast in so doing, but will rather admire with what wonderful celerity she tacked about, when she found herself steering a wrong course.
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.
The horse rises first upon his fore legs; and the domestic cow, upon her hinder limbs; but the buffalo bounds at once from a couchant to an erect position, with a celerity that baffles the eye.
I let them both go with a celerity which to this day astonishes my memory.
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.
They slid down behind it with remarkable celerity, and from this position they began briskly to slice up the blue men.
There was but a single alternative--the rude skiff--and with a celerity which equaled his, I pushed the thing into the sea and as it floated gave a final shove and clambered in over the end.
Da Souza made off with amazing celerity. Trent drew a short, quick breath.
The clay pipe smoked utterly out, the old black, by aid of the crutch, with amazing celerity raised himself upstanding on his one leg and hobbled, with his hippity-hop, to the beach.
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.