designed to operate or operating at a high speed: a high-speed drill.
Photography. suitable for minimum light exposure: high-speed film; a high-speed lens.

Origin of high-speed

First recorded in 1870–75
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  • But the old buck he seemed to be on the high-speed gear himself.

  • He had to train launching-crews to work like high-speed machinery.

    Talents, Incorporated

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • Then from the little cove came the muffled cough of a high-speed motor.

    El Diablo

    Brayton Norton

  • Many schemes are afoot for the construction of high-speed railways.

  • What is needed, in the high-speed machine, is a power to vary its pace.

    The Aeroplane

    Claude Grahame-White and Harry Harper

British Dictionary definitions for high-speed


adjective photog

employing or requiring a very short exposure timehigh-speed film
recording or making exposures at a rate usually exceeding 50 and up to several million frames per second
working, moving, or operating at a high speed
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