1. a part of a river where the current is very fast;
1. done or occurring in a brief period of time;
- Example: "a rapid rise through the ranks"
2. characterized by speed; moving with or capable of moving with high speed;
- Example: "a rapid movement"
- Example: "a speedy car"
- Example: "a speedy errand boy"
[syn: rapid, speedy]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Rapid \Rap"id\, Rapids \Rap"ids\(r[a^]p"[i^]dz), 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; sometimes called whitewater; -- usually used in the plural; as, the Lachine rapids in the St. Lawrence. For boaters on the river, it is a place that can be hazardous, with danger of capsizing or crashing into large rocks. [1913 Webster +PJC] Row, brothers, row, the stream runs fast, The rapids are near, and the daylight's past. --Moore. [1913 Webster] Rapid-fireThe Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Rapid \Rap"id\ (r[a^]p"[i^]d), a. [L. rapidus, fr. rapere to seize and carry off, to snatch or hurry away; perhaps akin to Gr. 'arpa`zein: cf. F. rapide. Cf. Harpy, Ravish.] [1913 Webster] 1. Very swift or quick; moving with celerity; fast; as, a rapid stream; a rapid flight; a rapid motion. [1913 Webster] Ascend my chariot; guide the rapid wheels. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Advancing with haste or speed; speedy in progression; in quick sequence; as, rapid growth; rapid improvement; rapid recurrence; rapid succession. [1913 Webster] 3. Quick in execution; as, a rapid penman. [1913 Webster] RapidV.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (June 2006):
RAPID Resource And Performance Interactive Display systemMoby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
85 Moby Thesaurus words for "rapid": abrupt, agile, alacritous, bluff, bold, breakneck, brisk, ceaseless, chattering, chute, constant, continual, dashing, double-quick, eagle-winged, expeditious, express, fast, fleet, flying, galloping, hair-trigger, hasty, headlong, high-speed, hurried, hustling, immediate, impetuous, incessant, instant, instantaneous, light of heel, light-footed, lively, machine gun, mercurial, nimble, nimble-footed, oscillating, perennial, perpetual, plunging, precipitate, precipitous, prompt, pulsating, quick, quick as lightning, quick as thought, rapids, reckless, regular, repeated, riff, riffle, ripple, running, sault, sharp, sheer, shoot, snappy, spanking, speedy, staccato, steady, steep, stuttering, sudden, sustained, swift, unbroken, unceasing, unchanging, unintermitted, unintermittent, unintermitting, uninterrupted, unremitting, unstopped, unvarying, vertical, vibrating, winged