Origin of speeding
- 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
Antonyms for speed
Related Words for speedingfly, advance, rush, promote, run, help, facilitate, ride, zoom, further, hurry, hasten, boost, expedite, quicken, urge, hightail, assist, bomb, gallop
Examples from the Web for speeding
Contemporary Examples of speeding
Farrell issued a ticket to an 18-year-old shipyard worker for speeding and an improper exhaust mechanism, according to the TP.The Louisiana Racists Who Courted Steve Scalise
January 3, 2015
The second stop for speeding happened in another state a year later.What Would Happen if I Got in White Cop’s Face?
December 30, 2014
He said his son was confused why he was being pulled over—other cars had been speeding by him—before hanging up the phone.Sharpton Recalls Civil Rights Struggle in DC March Against Police Violence
December 13, 2014
Maybe he had been at a card game—wherever he was, it was late and he was speeding in the rain.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
October 24, 2014
In 2012, he “punched her in the neck and dragged her alongside a speeding car with their two children in the vehicle.”The NFL Is Full of Ray Rices
September 9, 2014
Historical Examples of speeding
Now, when I'm arrested for speeding, I'm not in the least flustered—oh, not a little bit!Within the Law
What concerned him now was this mystery of the speeding cyclists.Pee-wee Harris
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
There was a slight jar as of something landing on the speeding conveyor.Slaves of Mercury
We caught a rope ladder and scrambled up, and at once we felt her speeding on.The Harbor
There was a clatter and rattle of speeding hoofs, which rapidly died out.The Law-Breakers
- 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
Word Origin for speed
Old English sped "success, prosperity, advancement," from Proto-Germanic *spodiz (cf. Old Saxon spod "success," Dutch spoed "haste, speed," Old High German spuot "success," Old Saxon spodian "to cause to succeed," Middle Dutch spoeden, Old High German spuoten "to haste"), from PIE *spo-ti- "speed," from *spe- "to thrive, prosper" (cf. Sanskrit sphayate "increases," Latin sperare "to hope," Old Church Slavonic spechu "endeavor," Lithuanian speju "to have leisure").
Meaning "quickness of motion or progress" emerged in late Old English (usually adverbially, in dative plural, e.g. spedum feran), emerging fully in early Middle English. Meaning "gear of a machine" is attested from 1866. Meaning "methamphetamine, or a related drug," first attested 1967, from its effect on users. Speed bump is 1975; figurative sense is 1990s. Full speed is recorded from late 14c. Speed reading first attested 1965. Speedball "mix of cocaine and morphine or heroin" is recorded from 1909.
Old English spedan "to succeed, prosper, advance" (see speed (n.)). Meaning "to go fast" is attested from c.1300. Meaning "to send forth with quickness" is first recorded 1560s; that of "to increase the work rate of" (usually with up) is from 1856. Related: Speeded; speeding.
In addition to the idiom beginning with speed
- speed up
- full speed ahead
- up to par (speed)