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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 ?
They ascended to the foot of the first rapid, about two hundred miles, but could hear nothing of any white men being in the neighborhood.
The poet ought to traverse, with a rapid flight, the lofty regions of philosophy, without deviating from the narrow way of truth.
A vacuum is created below, and it attracts the gas in the lower parts; this becomes heated in its turn, and is continually replaced; thus, an extremely rapid current of gas is established in the pipes and in the spiral, which issues from the balloon and then returns to it, and is heated over again, incessantly.
A FOX swimming across a rapid river was carried by the force of the current into a very deep ravine, where he lay for a long time very much bruised, sick, and unable to move.
As he passed among the busy crowd, Fix, according to habit, scrutinised the passers-by with a keen, rapid glance.
Anna removed his hands, once more kissed his wet face, and with rapid steps went to the door.
The rapid currents of the rivers which run into the Pacific render the ascent of them very exhausting to the salmon.
At length, after a rapid race, frequently interrupted by prudent stoppages, they reached the deep grottoes, in which the prophetic bishop of Vannes had taken care to have secreted a bark capable of keeping the sea at this fine season.
at eight in the morning, after a rapid passage, the Susquehanna was due at the fatal spot.
The firing came in paroxysms; now there would be a watchful lull and now a rapid tattoo of shots, rising to a roar.
And travellers, now, within that valley, Through the red-litten windows see Vast forms, that move fantastically To a discordant melody, While, lie a ghastly rapid river, Through the pale door A hideous throng rush out forever And laugh -- but smile no more.
I really grow quite uneasy, my dearest mother, about Reginald, from witnessing the very rapid increase of Lady Susan's influence.