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See also: ràpid
- Very swift or quick.
- a rapid stream; rapid growth; rapid improvement
- 1667, John Milton, “Book 6”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
- Ascend my Chariot; guide the rapid Wheeles.
- 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 5, in A Cuckoo in the Nest:
- The most rapid and most seductive transition in all human nature is that which attends the palliation of a ravenous appetite. There is something humiliating about it. […] Can those harmless but refined fellow-diners be the selfish cads whose gluttony and personal appearance so raised your contemptuous wrath on your arrival?
- 2013 June 21, Chico Harlan, “Japan pockets the subsidy …”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 2, page 30:
- Across Japan, technology companies and private investors are racing to install devices that until recently they had little interest in: solar panels. Massive solar parks are popping up as part of a rapid build-up that one developer likened to an "explosion."
- Steep, changing altitude quickly. (of a slope)
- Needing only a brief exposure time. (of a lens, plate, film, etc.)
- (England, dialectal) Violent, severe.
- (obsolete, dialectal) Happy.
Very swift or quick
- (archaic or colloquial) Rapidly.
rapid (plural rapids)
- (often in the plural) a rough section of a river or stream which is difficult to navigate due to the swift and turbulent motion of the water.
- (dated) A burst of rapid fire.
section of river
Declension of rapid