March 10, 2013
rapid (adjective)
\RAP-id\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: very fast
How do you use it?
"Once the lightning had begun, it went on in as rapid a succession of flashes as I have ever seen." (H. G. Wells, The War of the Worlds)
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"Rapid," "swift," "hasty," and "fast" all mean moving, proceeding, or acting with great speed. "Fast" usually applies to things that move quickly, as in "a fast horse" or "a fast skier." "Rapid" usually applies to the movement itself, as in "the horse's rapid gait" or "a skier's rapid descent down the mountain." "Swift" suggests speedy movement that is smooth or graceful, as in "returned the ball with one swift stroke." "Hasty" suggests hurrying or being careless, as in "threw together a hasty meal" or "made a hasty decision."
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