adjective, sometimes rap·id·er, rap·id·est.
- raphe of perineum,
- raphe of scrotum,
- rapid canities,
- rapid chess,
- rapid city,
- rapid deployment force,
- rapid eye movement
Origin of rapid
Examples from the Web for rapidly
The Newsroom is over, newsrooms as we traditionally understand them are rapidly declining, and New Media is here to stay.A Few Great Men Too Many: Aaron Sorkin Doesn’t Think You Can Handle the Truth|Arthur Chu|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Kendrick rapidly chants these last lines in repetition with Bilal and Anna Wise sing-shouting behind him, like a rallying cry.Kendrick Lamar Shuts Down ‘The Colbert Report’ with Untitled Track|Charlise Ferguson|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nearly 85 percent of its population are expats drawn to work in the rapidly growing tax-havens.Middle East Murder Mystery: Who Killed an American Teacher in Abu Dhabi?|Chris Allbritton|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But Jeff, who began his foray into pot gastronomy as a hobby, is rapidly turning it into a full-time pot-repreneurial business.
And as of late, those places are rapidly growing in numbers.
The display of cowardice was needless, for the Indian rapidly overtracked him.Menotah|Ernest G. Henham
Not much, but that was a pretty good crack, was Andys reply, as he felt his head where a lump was rapidly rising.First at the North Pole|Edward Stratemeyer
Rapidly and unerringly the bold strokes grated across the canvas.Thorley Weir|E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson
In a few moments he gave an exclamation, and then he came down from the ladder so rapidly that he barely missed falling.The Great Stone of Sardis|Frank R. Stockton
And rapidly he drew from his waistcoat pocket a piece of paper in which he had placed a light-coloured hair from a woman's head.The Mystery of the Yellow Room|Gaston Leroux
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.