The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Haste \Haste\ (h[=a]st), n. [OE. hast; akin to D. haast, G.,
Dan., Sw., & OFries. hast, cf. OF. haste, F. h[^a]te (of
German origin); all perh. fr. the root of E. hate in a
earlier sense of, to pursue. See Hate.]
1. Celerity of motion; speed; swiftness; dispatch;
expedition; -- applied only to voluntary beings, as men
and other animals.
The king's business required haste. --1 Sam. xxi.
2. The state of being urged or pressed by business; hurry;
urgency; sudden excitement of feeling or passion;
I said in my haste, All men are liars. --Ps. cxvi.
To make haste, to hasten.
Syn: Speed; quickness; nimbleness; swiftness; expedition;
dispatch; hurry; precipitance; vehemence; precipitation.
Usage: Haste, Hurry, Speed, Dispatch. Haste denotes
quickness of action and a strong desire for getting
on; hurry includes a confusion and want of collected
thought not implied in haste; speed denotes the actual
progress which is made; dispatch, the promptitude and
rapidity with which things are done. A man may
properly be in haste, but never in a hurry. Speed
usually secures dispatch.