adjective, sometimes rap·id·er, rap·id·est.
Origin of rapid
Synonyms for rapid
Examples from the Web for rapids
Contemporary Examples of 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
July 19, 2014
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
March 15, 2014
What will he tell his kids about what we can expect from our leaders as we navigate the rapids of world problems?Citizen Affleck
March 30, 2009
Historical Examples of rapids
There was no time to examine the rapids before we shot them.
The rapids continued the characteristic of the river and were terrific.
At the foot of “The Rapids” the effect of the spring tides is barely perceptible.
The first rapids in the Red River are said to be eight miles above its mouth.
There are, however, in this distance but two rapids necessitating portages.
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.