- 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.
Origin of rapid
Synonyms for rapid
Related Words for rapiderbreakneck, hasty, brisk, fast, speedy, expeditious, swift, flying, prompt, express, active, precipitate, ready, fleet, screaming, agile, hurried, lively, mercurial, nimble
Examples from the Web for rapider
Historical Examples of rapider
- (of an action or movement) performed or occurring during a short interval of time; quicka rapid transformation
- characterized by high speedrapid movement
- acting or moving quickly; fasta rapid worker
Word Origin 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.