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rapid

rap·id

rapid

 
pronunciation:
rae pihd
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: happening in a short or brief time.
After he turned thirteen, a rapid change took place in his appearance.
synonyms:
quick, sharp, swift
antonyms:
slow
similar words:
fast, hasty, sudden
definition 2: moving quickly.
The rapid water in the middle of the stream is dangerous to swim in.
synonyms:
fast, quick, swift
antonyms:
slow
similar words:
express, fleet, rushing
definition 3: marked or distinguished by high speed.
His rapid speech made him difficult to understand.The horse galloped at a rapid pace during the race.
antonyms:
slow
similar words:
fast, hurried, quick
 
part of speech: noun
definition: (usually plural) a part of a river or stream where the water moves very quickly.
My father rafted down the rapids of the Colorado River.
derivations: rapidly (adv.), rapidness (n.)
Word History
Rapid comes from a Latin word that means "to hurry away or carry off." If you fall into the river rapids, you are likely to be carried off.
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  • rapidly:
    in a rapid way; fast.
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