See also: ràpid

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French rapide, from Latin rapidus.

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rapid (comparative more rapid or rapider, superlative most rapid or rapidest)

  1. Very swift or quick.
    a rapid stream
    rapid growth
    rapid improvement
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book VI”, in Paradise Lost. [], London: [] [Samuel Simmons], [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: [], 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[1]:
      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."
  2. Steep, changing altitude quickly. (of a slope)
  3. Needing only a brief exposure time. (of a lens, plate, film, etc.)
  4. (England, dialectal) Violent, severe.
  5. (obsolete, dialectal) Happy.

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rapid (comparative more rapid, superlative most rapid)

  1. (archaic, colloquial) Rapidly.

NounEdit

rapid (plural rapids)

  1. (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.
  2. (dated) A burst of rapid fire.
  3. (chess) Short for rapid chess.
    • 2010, Garry Kasparov, How Life Imitates Chess, page 41:
      In these rapid games we had just twenty-five minutes each to make all our moves, a far cry from traditional chess, where games can last up to seven hours.
    • 2015, Mark Dvoretsky, For Friends and Colleagues, volume 2:
      In order to avoid misunderstanding, I must note that I object to the attempts to displace normal chess with fast play, not rapid or blitz in general. I love them both, and, if I were to choose which to play, classic or rapid, I would choose rapid.
    • 2022 September 2, Nitish Pahwa, Magnus Carlsen (quoted), “The World’s Greatest Chess Player Cannot Wait to Battle His Young, Rising Rivals”, in Slate[2]:
      I haven’t played against Wesley So—I’ve played him a bunch online in rapid games, but not in classical rounds.

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RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French rapide, Latin rapidus. Doublet of repede.

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rapid m or n (feminine singular rapidă, masculine plural rapizi, feminine and neuter plural rapide)

  1. fast, quick, rapid, swift, speedy, prompt, expeditious

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rapid

  1. quickly, rapidly, swiftly, speedily, promptly, expeditiously

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