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
Examples from the Web for speeding
Farrell issued a ticket to an 18-year-old shipyard worker for speeding and an improper exhaust mechanism, according to the TP.
The second stop for speeding happened in another state a year later.
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|Ben Jacobs|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Maybe he had been at a card game—wherever he was, it was late and he was speeding in the rain.
In 2012, he “punched her in the neck and dragged her alongside a speeding car with their two children in the vehicle.”
On the contrary, I am speeding them forward with added watchfulness.The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898|E. H. Blair
Another moment she was in the street, speeding with swift, light steps across the park.The Masked Bridal|Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
The lantern at the top of the lighthouse on Bakers Island bade good night to the speeding boats, and wished them 64 safe voyage.Four Afloat|Ralph Henry Barbour
The next instant, his sword-point dripping blood, the runner 403 was beyond reach, speeding for the open gate.Beyond the Frontier|Randall Parrish
His heart was in his mouth as he saw how recklessly Fleming was speeding.Baseball Joe in the World Series|Lester Chadwick
- 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)