Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
In everyday use and in kinematics, the speed of an object is the magnitude of its velocity (the rate of change of its position); it is thus a scalar quantity. The average speed of an object in an interval of time is the distance travelled by the object divided by the duration of the interval; the instantaneous speed is the limit of the average speed as the duration of the time interval approaches zero.
Speed has the dimensions of distance divided by time. The SI unit of speed is the metre per second, but the most common unit of speed in everyday usage is the kilometre per hour or, in the US and the UK, miles per hour. For air and marine travel the knot is commonly used.
The fastest possible speed at which energy or information can travel, according to special relativity, is the speed of light in a vacuum c = metres per second (approximately or ). Matter cannot quite reach the speed of light, as this would require an infinite amount of energy. In relativity physics, the concept of rapidity replaces the classical idea of speed.
Speed (1994 film)
Speed is a 1994 American action film directed by Jan de Bont in his feature film directorial debut. The film stars Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, Joe Morton, and Jeff Daniels. It became a surprise critical and commercial success, it won two Academy Awards, for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing at the 67th Academy Awards in early 1995. The film tells the story of an LAPD cop who tries to rescue civilians on a city bus rigged with a bomb programmed to explode if the bus slows down.
A sequel called Speed 2: Cruise Control was released in June 1997.
Speed is the rate of motion, change, or activity.
Speed may also refer to:
Speed (1984 film)
Speed is a 1984 documentary written and directed by Greg MacGillivray of MacGillivray Freeman Films which chronicles the development of human technology as part of our desire to go faster than before.
It was originally produced for Six Flags Autoworld in Flint, Michigan.
In 1994 Knowledge Adventure worked with IMAX to make an MS-DOS game of the film.
Speed (card game)
Speed is a game for two or more players of the shedding family of card games, in which each player tries to get rid of all of his or her cards.
Speed, first published in 1970, was the first of three published works by William S. Burroughs, Jr., the son of the Beat Generation author William S. Burroughs.
"Speed" is the third single by Bond from their album Shine. This is a very rare promo single issued to nightclubs, DJs, and radio stations. It includes the mix that the quartet plays in their live concerts.
Speed, as a name, may refer to:
Speed (TV channel)
Speed was a sports-oriented cable and satellite television network that was owned by the Fox Sports Media Group division of 21st Century Fox. The network was dedicated to motorsports programming, including auto racing, as well as automotive-focused programs.
Although the channel was based in the United States (its headquarters were located at University Research Park in Charlotte, North Carolina), Speed ceased being available to most American viewers as a standalone network with its own original programming on August 17, 2013, when it was replaced by the general-interest sports network Fox Sports 1. An "international" version of the network, now known as Fox Sports Racing, concurrently launched in Canada, the Caribbean and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico to replace the domestic feed, airing archived Speed programming and live simulcasts of motorsports events carried by Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 in the United States that would be otherwise unavailable to international viewers.
When it originally launched in 1995 as Speedvision, the network carried a lineup featuring programs profiling the automobile and motorsports industries (including individual companies, vehicles and teams), how-to series, and coverage of various domestic and international racing series (such as the Formula One World Championship, Rolex Sports Car Series, and the American Le Mans Series). After it was acquired by News Corporation in 2001 and relaunched as Speed Channel, the network's programming became increasingly NASCAR-oriented; prior to its shutdown in the U.S., Speed's lineup consisted mostly of automotive-themed reality shows, NASCAR-related programs (including coverage of practice and qualifying sessions, and full coverage of the Camping World Truck Series), along with news programs focusing on motorsports. Most of Speed's live event programming was carried over to Fox Sports 1 (or sister network Fox Sports 2), and is simulcast on the Speed network that remains available outside the U.S.
Due to contractual changes associated with the relaunch, Fox was expected to temporarily distribute a version of Speed (separate from the international version) to fulfill contracts with providers that had not yet signed deals to carry Fox Sports 1, airing a loop of the network's past reality programming. Many of the programs once found on Speed can now be found in the United States on CBS Sports Network, MAVTV and Velocity (such as Gearz, My Classic Car, Chop Cut Rebuild, and Dream Car Garage as well as live coverage of racing events).
Speed (Japanese band)
Speed (stylized as SPEED) is a Japanese female vocal/dance group comprising Hiroko Shimabukuro, Eriko Imai, Takako Uehara and Hitoe Arakaki. All four members are former students of Okinawa Actors School which also trained popular artists Namie Amuro and MAX.
Speed made their major label debut on August 5, 1996 and became an immediate success. They would eventually become the most successful girl group anywhere in Asia with sales of over 20 million singles and albums in just three years and eight months. They disbanded on March 31, 2000 to pursue solo careers and to study.
Following their disbandment, the group reunited several times for charity, but on August 20, 2008 they officially announced plans to reunite permanently. They made their comeback on November 12, 2008 with the single "Ashita no Sora."
Speed (Thomas "Tommy" Shepherd) is a fictional character, a superhero and member of the Young Avengers, a team of teenaged superheroes in the Marvel Universe. He is a mutant that is patterned based on that of Quicksilver and first appeared in the comic book Young Avengers #10. In Young Avengers #12 he adopts the costumed identity Speed and joins the Young Avengers.
His story sees him discovering that he and the magical teen hero Wiccan are in fact long lost twin brothers, and that the pair are the sons of the Scarlet Witch and her husband Vision.
Speed is an amusement ride design produced by the Dutch company KMG.
It is commonly referred to as KMG Booster, due to its similarity with the Fabbri Booster ride.
It has become an extremely common ride on European travelling funfairs, particularly in the UK. This is due to a combination of the ride's spectacular visual impact, and its highly practical operation. The ride can be transported on only one trailer, and requires just three hours to build up.
Speed (2007 film)
Speed is a 2007 Bollywood action thriller film directed by Vikram Bhatt and produced by Harry Baweja. The film features an ensemble cast of Sanjay Suri, Urmila Matondkar, Aftab Shivdasani, Zayed Khan, Aashish Chaudhary and Tanushree Dutta in lead roles. It released on 19 October 2007. The storyline is a remake of the 2004 American film Cellular.
Speed (TV series)
Speed is a BBC television series about the history of fast vehicles, including aeroplanes, boats and cars. The show is presented by Jeremy Clarkson and consists of six episodes. Each focuses on a different aspect of speed. The series was first shown in the UK on BBC One in 2001, and was subsequently shown to an international audience on BBC World and in Australia on the HOW TO Channel. Jeremy Clarkson's Speed, a video containing an hour of highlights from the series was also released in 2001. The video was released on DVD, as part of The Jeremy Clarkson Collection in 2007.
Speed is a 1922 American action film serial directed by George B. Seitz. The story is a typically convoluted serial plot. Speed Stansbury is heir to a large fortune. A master criminal hires someone to frame Speed for murder and bank robbery. As Speed pursues the man who can prove his innocence to South America, he himself is followed by Lucy, the woman he loves.
Speed (Montgomery Gentry song)
"Speed" is a song written by Jeffrey Steele and Chris Wallin, and recorded by American country music duo Montgomery Gentry. It was released in December 2002 as the second single from their album My Town. The title from the cover of this single borrows its font from Speed Racer.
" She Couldn't Change Me" was included as a B-side.
Speed (1936 film)
Speed is a 1936 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer action film starring James Stewart in his first starring role, and Wendy Barrie. Although only a low-budget "B" movie, the film was notable for its realistic cinematography by Lester White, incorporating scenes from the Indianapolis 500 race and on-location shooting at the Muroc dry lake bed, used for high-speed racing by "hot rodders" in the 1930s. Advance publicity trumpeted that Stewart drove the specially-prepared "Falcon" to .
Speed (South Korean band)
Speed ( Korean: 스피드; commonly stylized as SPEED) was a South Korean boy group formed by MBK Entertainment (formerly known as Core Contents Media) in 2012. The group was formerly Coed School's male unit until they became an independent group in 2013. In late-2015, MBK Entertainment removed their profile page from the official website and it was reported that the group was disbanded, but MBK Entertainment has not confirmed this rumour.
Speed (Buck-Tick song)
"Speed" is the fourth single released by the Japanese rock band Buck Tick. It was released as the first single from the group's sixth studio album, Kurutta Taiyou, on January 21, 1991 through Victor Entertainment. The single was released as an 8 cm CD in a cassette-like sleeve case that featured a re-worked version of the cover to Kurutta Taiyou. "Speed" peaked at number 3 on the Oricon music chart during the third week of 1991. The single has sold over 170,000 copes worldwide.
Speed (Australian TV network)
Speed was an Australian satellite and cable television sports network dedicated to motorsport. The network was owned by Fox Sports Pty Limited and launched on 1 November 2010. It is a sister of the now defunct US channel of the same name, although it is no longer corporately connected due to the split of News Corporation, as Fox Sports Australia is included in News Corp and not 21st Century Fox.
On 2 November 2014, Speed closed and was replaced by Fox Sports 5.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Speed \Speed\, n. [AS. sp?d success, swiftness, from sp?wan to succeed; akin to D. spoedd, OHG. spuot success, spuot to succees, Skr. sph[=a] to increase, grow fat. [root]170b.]
Prosperity in an undertaking; favorable issue; success. ``For common speed.''
O Lord God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day.
--Gen. xxiv. 1
2. The act or state of moving swiftly; swiftness; velocity; rapidly; rate of motion; dispatch; as, the speed a horse or a vessel.
Speed, to describe whose swiftness number fails.
Note: In kinematics, speedis sometimes used to denote the amount of velocity without regard to direction of motion, while velocity is not regarded as known unless both the direction and the amount are known.
One who, or that which, causes or promotes speed or success. [Obs.] ``Hercules be thy speed!''
God speed, Good speed; prosperity. See Godspeed.
Speed gauge, Speed indicator, & Speed recorder (Mach.), devices for indicating or recording the rate of a body's motion, as the number of revolutions of a shaft in a given time.
Speed lathe (Mach.), a power lathe with a rapidly revolving spindle, for turning small objects, for polishing, etc.; a hand lathe.
Speed pulley, a cone pulley with steps.
Syn: Haste; swiftness; celerity; quickness; dispatch; expedition; hurry; acceleration. See Haste.
Speed \Speed\ (sp[=e]d), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sped (sp[e^]d), Speeded; p. pr. & vb. n. Speeding.] [AS. sp[=e]dan, fr. sp[=e]d, n.; akin to D. spoeden, G. sich sputen. See Speed, n.]
To go; to fare. [Obs.]
To warn him now he is too farre sped.
--Remedy of Love.
To experience in going; to have any condition, good or ill; to fare.
Ships heretofore in seas like fishes sped; The mightiest still upon the smallest fed.
To fare well; to have success; to prosper.
Save London, and send true lawyers their meed! For whoso wants money with them shall not speed!
I told ye then he should prevail, and speed On his bad errand.
To make haste; to move with celerity.
I have speeded hither with the very extremest inch of possibility.
To be expedient. [Obs.]
--Wyclif (2 Cor. xii. 1.)
Speed \Speed\, v. t.
To cause to be successful, or to prosper; hence, to aid; to favor. ``Fortune speed us!''
With rising gales that speed their happy flight.
To cause to make haste; to dispatch with celerity; to drive at full speed; hence, to hasten; to hurry.
He sped him thence home to his habitation.
To hasten to a conclusion; to expedite.
Judicial acts . . . are sped in open court at the instance of one or both of the parties.
To hurry to destruction; to put an end to; to ruin; to undo. ``Sped with spavins.''
A dire dilemma! either way I 'm sped. If foes, they write, if friends, they read, me dead.
To wish success or god fortune to, in any undertaking, especially in setting out upon a journey.
Welcome the coming, speed the parting guest.
God speed you, them, etc., may God speed you; or, may you have good speed.
Syn: To dispatch; hasten; expedite; accelerate; hurry.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English spedan (intransitive) "to succeed, prosper, grow rich, advance," from the stem of speed (n.). Compare Old Saxon spodian, Middle Dutch spoeden "hasten," Old High German spuoton "to succeed, prosper," German sputen "make haste, hurry." Meaning "to go hastily from place to place, move rapidly" is attested from c.1200. Transitive meaning "cause to advance toward success" is from mid-13c.; that of "send forth with quickness, give a high speed to" is first recorded 1560s; that of "to increase the work rate of" (usually with up) is from 1856. Meaning "drive an automobile too fast" is from 1908. Related: Speeded; sped; speeding.
Old English sped "success, a successful course; prosperity, riches, wealth; luck; opportunity, advancement," from Proto-Germanic *spodiz (cognates: Old Saxon spod "success," Dutch spoed "haste, speed," Old High German spuot "success," Old Saxon spodian "to cause to succeed," Middle Dutch spoeden, Old High German spuoten "to haste"), from PIE *spo-ti-, from root *spe- (1) "to thrive, prosper" (cognates: Sanskrit sphayate "increases," Latin sperare "to hope," Old Church Slavonic spechu "endeavor," Lithuanian speju "to have leisure").\n
\nMeaning "rapidity of movement, quickness, swiftness" emerged in late Old English (at first usually adverbially, in dative plural, as in spedum feran). Meaning "rate of motion or progress" (whether fast or slow) is from c.1200. Meaning "gear of a machine" is attested from 1866. Meaning "methamphetamine, or a related drug," first attested 1967, from its effect on users.\n
\nSpeed limit is from 1879 (originally of locomotives); speed-trap is from 1908. Speed bump is 1975; figurative sense is 1990s. Full speed is recorded from late 14c. Speed reading first attested 1965. Speedball "mix of cocaine and morphine or heroin" is recorded from 1909.
Etymology 1 n. 1 the state of moving quickly or the capacity for rapid motion; rapidity 2 the rate of motion or action, specifically (context mathematics English)/(context physics English) the magnitude of the velocity; the rate distance is traversed in a given time 3 (context photography English) the sensitivity to light of film, plates or sensor. 4 (context photography English) the duration of exposure, the time during which a camera shutter is open. 5 (context photography English) the largest size of the lens opening at which a lens can be used. 6 (context photography English) the ratio of the focal length to the diameter of a photographic objective. 7 (context slang uncountable English) any amphetamine drug used as a stimulant, especially illegally, especially methamphetamine 8 (context archaic English) luck, success, prosperity Etymology 2
vb. 1 (label en intransitive archaic) To succeed; to prosper, be lucky. 2 (label en transitive archaic) To help someone, to give them fortune; to aid or favour. 3 (label en intransitive) To go fast.
n. distance travelled per unit time [syn: velocity]
v. step on it; "He rushed down the hall to receive his guests"; "The cars raced down the street" [syn: rush, hotfoot, hasten, hie, race, pelt along, rush along, cannonball along, bucket along, belt along] [ant: linger]
travel at an excessive or illegal velocity; "I got a ticket for speeding"
Speed, NC -- U.S. town in North Carolina
Housing Units (2000): 60
Land area (2000): 0.283009 sq. miles (0.732990 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.283009 sq. miles (0.732990 sq. km)
FIPS code: 63720
Located within: North Carolina (NC), FIPS 37
Location: 35.969978 N, 77.444081 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Speed, KS -- U.S. city in Kansas
Housing Units (2000): 27
Land area (2000): 0.146076 sq. miles (0.378335 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.146076 sq. miles (0.378335 sq. km)
FIPS code: 67175
Located within: Kansas (KS), FIPS 20
Location: 39.676825 N, 99.420214 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Usage examples of "speed".
Even the news that the Yorktown, after quelling the fires and resuming fleet speed, had been torpedoed in a second attack, was again ablaze and listing, and might be abandoned, could be taken in stride.
In response to his gesture, eyes now fully formed and ablaze, the two clouds of sooty vapor that had been hovering impatiently by his steel-booted feet ballooned to the size of black buffalo as they sped gleefully away from the dais to intercept the impudent, foolhardy human.
Five minutes later the Lackawanna, Captain Marchand, going at full speed, delivered her blow also at right angles on the port side, abreast the after end of the armored superstructure.
For instance, as dust and gas from the outer layers of nearby ordinary stars fall toward the event horizon of a black hole, they are accelerated to nearly the speed of light.
Recall that an object is accelerating if either the speed or the direction of its motion changes.
At the edge of the field of vision, the Doppler telemeter and accelerometer spat out their little red numbers so rapidly that it was difficult to read the indicated speed.
Although nicotine is the most powerful addictive drug known to mankind, it only relates to the speed in which it traps its victims.
Cocaine has a high addictive potential because of the speed with which it blocks the dopamine transporters.
Because of the speed - and thus the intensity - of the onset of the rush, smoking is the most addictive mode of delivery for illicit drugs.
Toward the end of her adolescence, her life had speeded up, then there had been a long dull period.
The torrent of that wide and raging river Is passed, and our aereal speed suspended.
Argentine Base, Deception Island, disclosed that, on July 3, 16 persons including three Chilean sub officers had observed an aerial object over the northern area of the island moving in a north-northeast direction, varying speed, oscillatory course, changing yellow-green-orange color, leaving a contrail at 30 degrees elevation.
Still on the same day, at the Argentine base at Orkney Island, two meteorological observers sighted an aerial object flying at high speed on a parabolic trajectory, course E-W, white luminosity, causing disturbance in the magnetic field registered on geomagnetic instruments with patterns notably out of the normal.
Of course, an aerial warship will have to be big, for it will have to carry extra machinery to give it extra speed, and it will have to carry a certain armament, and a large crew will be needed.
Much as he disliked to interfere with the operation of the aeroplane, the young officer felt that it was necessary that some means should be taken to compel Mortlake to reduce speed.