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 rapids
Halfway down the river, as they headed toward the rapids, the security line broke, and they were headed for some rocks.The Stacks: Mr. Bad Taste and Trouble Himself: Robert Mitchum|Robert Ward|July 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Just one more note of caution before we descend down the rapids of morality and ethics.Never Forget? The CIA Report and the Problem With Hindsight|Philip Mudd|March 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What will he tell his kids about what we can expect from our leaders as we navigate the rapids of world problems?
The rapids are 11 miles long, with successive ridges and shoals extending from shore to shore.
All rapids differ, and of course in a big river there may be a dozen different chutes.The Young Alaskans on the Trail|Emerson Hough
The wise bear deserted the ship in the midst of the rapids and swam ashore.America, Volume IV (of 6)|Joel Cook
The salmon go over a hundred miles up to the McCloud River to spawn, and will jump or leap up small falls or rapids in their way.Stories of California|Ella M. Sexton
On this point stands the small town of Shippingsport, at the foot of the rapids.Early Western Travels 1748-1846, Volume XIV|Edwin James
Word Origin for rapid
1765, from French rapides (see rapid); applied by French voyagers to rough, swift-flowing reaches in North American rivers.
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.