Definitions for: Rapid


[n] a part of a river where the current is very fast
[adj] done or occurring in a brief period of time; "a rapid rise through the ranks"
[adj] characterized by speed; moving with or capable of moving with high speed; "a rapid movment"; "a speedy car"; "a speedy errand boy"



Webster (1913) Definition: Rap"id, a. [L. rapidus, fr. rapere to seize and carry
off, to snatch or hurry away; perhaps akin to Gr. ?; cf. F.
rapide. Cf. Harpy, Ravish.]
1. Very swift or quick; moving with celerity; fast; as, a
rapid stream; a rapid flight; a rapid motion.

Ascend my chariot; guide the rapid wheels. --Milton.

2. Advancing with haste or speed; speedy in progression; in
quick sequence; as, rapid growth; rapid improvement; rapid
recurrence; rapid succession.

3. Quick in execution; as, a rapid penman.


Rap"id, n. [Cf. F. rapide. See Rapid, a.]
The part of a river where the current moves with great
swiftness, but without actual waterfall or cascade; --
usually in the plural; as, the Lachine rapids in the St.
Lawrence.



Row, brothers, row the stream runs fast, The rapids are
near, and the daylight's past. --Moore.

Synonyms: fast, speedy

See Also: river, waterway

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