Definition for sped (2 of 3)
- Also called film speed. the sensitivity of a film or paper to light, measured by an ASA or DIN index, which assigns low numbers to slow film and higher numbers to faster film.
- Also called shutter speed. the length of time a shutter is opened to expose film.
- the largest opening at which a lens can be used.
verb (used with object), sped or speed·ed, speed·ing.
verb (used without object), sped or speed·ed, speed·ing.
Origin of speed
SYNONYMS FOR speed
Definition for sped (3 of 3)
Examples from the Web for sped
Today the train station that once sped exports to all corners of the country runs one train a week.
Mothers pushed their children's heads down and they sped through town, leaving a trail of machine-gun shells in their wake.
With the news of an American being diagnosed with Ebola on U.S. soil, Garry hopes the process may be sped along.This New Ebola Test Is As Easy As a Pregnancy Test, So Why Aren’t We Using It?|Abby Haglage|October 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The smugglers then sped off, leaving as many as a hundred people floating in the water.Hundreds of Migrants are Reported Drowned by Traffickers Near Malta|Barbie Latza Nadeau|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For some, it sped up a process of awakening that may have taken years.
She slipped past him out of the door, and he heard her light and rapid footfall as she sped up the stairs.Throckmorton|Molly Elliot Seawell
Her heart beating wildly, her breath laboured, Lavinia went in; she shut the door behind her and sped up the passage.Johnny Ludlow, Fifth Series|Mrs. Henry Wood
Straight down the passageway it sped and a tremendous explosion instantly occurred.Fighting in France|Ross Kay
He stood an hour under the fatal tree, talking with his mother, and no hour of his life could have sped so swiftly.The Brighton Road|Charles G. Harper
A little sob, loosed suddenly upon the night, sped past them.The Dragon Painter|Mary McNeil Fenollosa
British Dictionary definitions for sped (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for sped (2 of 2)
- a gear ratio in a motor vehicle, bicycle, etc
- (in combination)a three-speed gear
- operating at an acceptable or competitive level
- in possession of all the relevant or necessary information
verb speeds, speeding, sped or speeded
- (intr) to prosper or succeed
- (tr) to wish success to
Derived Formsspeeder, noun
Word Origin for speed
Science definitions for sped
Idioms and Phrases with sped
In addition to the idiom beginning with speed
- speed up
- full speed ahead
- up to par (speed)