rapid

[ rap-id ]
/ ˈræp ɪd /

adjective, sometimes rap·id·er, rap·id·est.

occurring within a short time; happening speedily: rapid growth.
moving or acting with great speed; swift: a rapid worker.
characterized by speed: rapid motion.

noun

Usually rapids . a part of a river where the current runs very swiftly.

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Origin of rapid

First recorded in 1625–35, rapid is from the Latin word rapidus “tearing away, seizing, swift.” See rape1, -id4

synonym study for rapid

2. See quick.

OTHER WORDS FROM rapid

rap·id·ly, adverbul·tra·rap·id, adjectiveul·tra·rap·id·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for rapid

rapid
/ (ˈræpɪd) /

adjective

(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
See also rapids

Derived forms of rapid

rapidly, adverbrapidity (rəˈpɪdɪtɪ) or rapidness, noun

Word Origin for rapid

C17: from Latin rapidus tearing away, from rapere to seize; see rape 1
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