- Very swift or quick.
- a rapid stream; rapid growth; rapid improvement
- John Milton (1608-1674)
- Ascend my chariot; guide the rapid wheels.
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