adjective, sometimes rap·id·er, rap·id·est.
Origin of rapid
Examples from the Web for rapid
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|DAILY BEAST
He experienced a rapid rise, only beginning to play cricket competitively at age 11.
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.
The country was building houses at a rapid clip, which required a large amount of immigrant labor.Legal but Still Poor: The Economic Consequences of Amnesty|Joel Kotkin|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And this rapid change, this third engagement within a few weeks,—was disgusting to her as a woman.The American Senator|Anthony Trollope
This is an example of drawing for process for rapid printing.The Art of Illustration|Henry Blackburn
She slipped past him out of the door, and he heard her light and rapid footfall as she sped up the stairs.Throckmorton|Molly Elliot Seawell
A policeman in the street had seen them hire a cab and drive away through Broadway at a rapid pace.The Bradys and the Girl Smuggler|Francis W. Doughty
“I thought so,” he exclaimed, when we had got about half a mile below the rapid.Snow Shoes and Canoes|William H. G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for rapid
Word Origin for rapid
Word Origin and History for rapid
1630s, "moving quickly," from French rapide (17c.) and directly from Latin rapidus "hasty, swift, rapid; snatching; fierce, impetuous," from rapere "hurry away, carry off, seize, plunder," from PIE root *rep- "to snatch" (cf. Greek ereptomai "devour," harpazein "snatch away," Lithuanian raples "tongs"). Meaning "happening in a short time" is from 1780. Related: Rapidly; rapidness. Rapid-transit first attested 1852, in reference to street railways; rapid eye movement is from 1906.