occurring within a short time; happening speedily: rapid growth.
moving or acting with great speed; swift: a rapid worker.
characterized by speed: rapid motion.
Usually rapids . a part of a river where the current runs very swiftly.
- rap·id·ly, adverb
- ul·tra·rap·id, adjective
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How to use rapid in a sentence
This is a rapid rise water that rushes onshore, sweeping away trees, cars and almost anything else in its path.Soggy coastal soils? Here’s why ecologists love them | Alison Pearce Stevens | September 17, 2020 | Science News For Students
A worried friend drove her to the emergency room to get checked out for a rapid heartbeat.The Woman Propositioned by Alaska’s Former Lieutenant Governor Tells Her Story for the First Time | by Kyle Hopkins and Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News | September 10, 2020 | ProPublica
Vaccine development, rapid testing, and widely available protective gear all have important roles to play in saving lives and getting the economy back on its feet.Times of strife can lead to medical innovation—when governments are willing | By Jeffrey Clemens/The Conversation | September 9, 2020 | Popular-Science
The six-part series starts in Manchester, England in 2019 and follows the Deacon family over the next 15 years as Britain is rocked by a period of rapid technological, political and economic changes.
You can also reach Broad Ripple by the new Red Line rapid transit bus line.
The rapid rise of the sharing economy is changing the way people around the world commute, shop, vacation, and borrow.Why Do ‘Progressives’ Want to Ban Uber and AirBnB? | Adam Thierer, Christopher Koopman | December 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He experienced a rapid rise, only beginning to play cricket competitively at age 11.
That indicated a relatively rapid increase in methane, followed by an equally fast decrease.
In some ways, the rapid spread of the virus there should not be surprising.
The loss of whitebark and the rapid increase in human-killed grizzlies are synchronous.
These sections also have vibrations of their own which are of shorter length and more rapid motion.Expressive Voice Culture | Jessie Eldridge Southwick
The rapid spread of the revolt was not a whit less marvelous than its lack of method or cohesion.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
It also occurs in diseases with extensive and rapid destruction of red blood-corpuscles.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
Everything showed a rapid flight; even the would-be dinner of the guerrillas was found half cooked.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
The attempt failed, and was followed by a rapid succession of miscellaneous thrusts and passes in bewildering variety.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
British Dictionary definitions for rapid
(of an action or movement) performed or occurring during a short interval of time; quick: a rapid transformation
characterized by high speed: rapid movement
acting or moving quickly; fast: a rapid worker
- See also rapids
- rapidly, adverb
- rapidity (rəˈpɪdɪtɪ) or rapidness, noun
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