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a quick/rapid calculation
▪ He did a rapid calculation.
a rapid expansion
▪ During the 1990s, there was a rapid expansion in student numbers.
a rapid rate
▪ The plant’s ability to thrive in these conditions is partly due to its rapid rate of growth.
in quick/rapid/close succession (=quickly one after the other)
▪ He fired two shots in quick succession.
rapid spread
▪ the rapid spread of cholera in Latin America
rapid transit system
rapid transit
rapid transit networks
▪ The investigation is making rapid progress.
▪ From the mid 1970s to the mid 1980s there was very rapid growth.
rapid (=happening quickly)
▪ Recently there has been a rapid increase in fish farming.
rapid (=fast)
▪ We noticed a rapid decline in his health.
▪ Symptoms may include the rapid onset of nausea and vomiting.
▪ The post-war years saw a rapid rise in prosperity.
▪ Symptoms include a rapid pulse and dry skin.
▪ The rapid pace of change creates uncertainty.
▪ Her rapid rise to the top is well deserved.
▪ It is often more energy-intensive with a more rapid deterioration than low-tech buildings!
▪ Their victory was even more rapid than that of the Arabs ten centuries later.
▪ Other projects made more rapid progress that new year.
▪ Budgets are lower, yet the production pace is more rapid.
▪ Industrialization in rural areas has increased, and has been more rapid than in metropolitan areas.
▪ As you get closer the beeping will get more rapid.
▪ In southern Britain, the process is more rapid.
▪ The crucial datum is this: the rate of gypsy-moth spread is now much more rapid than before.
▪ Change, in industry, commerce, and agriculture, was most evident and most rapid in the periphery.
▪ Quantitative assessments arc difficult to make, but the most rapid period of growth was probably from about I 580 to 1650.
▪ The regions with the most rapid growth rates were two of the more rural, East Anglia and the South West.
▪ By the beginning of 1947 the United States had almost completed tile most rapid demobilization in the history of the world.
▪ Bearpark expects the most rapid growth to come from services and systems integration, particularly in the open systems arena.
▪ But this same development model has recently produced the largest and most rapid reduction of poverty in history.
▪ Growth was most rapid in percentage terms around 1831 when it reached 1.55 percent per year and in absolute terms around 1870.
▪ Speech is the most rapid form of human communication - faster than both handwriting and the output from a trained typist.
▪ Not so rapid are the statistical analyses.
▪ In fact so rapid, I am astonished anyone should have noticed it.
▪ This contrasts with societies in which technological advance is so rapid that old people feel deskilled.
▪ When the grand collapse starts, it is so violent and so rapid that nothing can halt it.
▪ The glissando is so rapid that the repetitions of certain notes in it are not heard.
So sad to see their decline - their so rapid decline - in other schools, elsewhere.
▪ The three sounds combine and blend, and the whole process is very rapid.
▪ Any abortive treatment must have a very rapid action because of the pain crescendo characteristic of these headaches.
▪ This allows for very rapid reproduction.
▪ And we are also experiencing mortality. in some areas very rapid mortality.
▪ They do not seem to have noticed that many predominantly market economies suffer from inflation, and often very rapid inflation.
▪ From the mid 1970's to the mid 1980's there was very rapid growth.
▪ Going farther back, into post-glacial times, we find evidence that erosion and deposition were sometimes very rapid indeed.
▪ This creates a thin surface layer with relatively low thermal heat capacity which allows very rapid summer heating even at subpolar latitudes.
▪ Well, not too radical actually, since trades unionists are not noted for their enthusiasm for rapid change.
▪ Both the computer and financial services industries were undergoing rapid change.
▪ Computers for history teaching Computer technology is experiencing rapid change.
▪ They come into existence after relatively brief periods of rapid change in a small sub-population of a pre-existing species.
▪ In an area with such rapid changes in temperature as to erode hard rock into sand, soft shells would not have survived.
▪ Educators know that kindergarten is a stage of rapid change and development.
▪ Whatever the fortunes of the major political parties, it is likely that managers will be coping with rapid change.
▪ Technology is forcing rapid changes in the phone-book industry too.
▪ This results, even in steady state, in a rapid decline in serum concentrations.
▪ Other factors besides family planning account for such rapid declines.
▪ That's quite a rapid decline.
▪ Then competition with Mission Valley shopping centers and suburban residential growth prompted a rapid decline.
▪ Her husband was told to expect that she would have a fairly rapid decline and would probably die within eighteen months.
▪ Through their research the class know that no railway will mean rapid decline.
▪ Then they began their mysterious and rapid decline.
▪ The army will expand from four to six the number of infantry battalions ready for rapid deployment.
▪ The other major trend that is taking place is the rapid development of colour publishing.
▪ The brothers moved quickly to grasp these rapid developments and establish their journalistic voice.
▪ Where fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals with high added value can be produced by biotechnology there will be rapid developments.
▪ The problem is not a function of demographics but of rapid development coupled with a lagging education system.
▪ But the issue was fascinating because of other things, heralding the rapid development of technology in the next century.
▪ In Phoenix the community development block grant was implemented within this context of rapid development.
▪ The eighteenth century was not an age of rapid development in military techniques.
▪ This is an area of rapid development with little or no environmental considerations.
▪ Modern art is directed at a public largely untutored in the fine arts amidst a rapid expansion of the means of communication.
▪ The rapid expansion of enrolments, teacher numbers and the volume of materials and support services meant that budgets grew very rapidly.
▪ Inevitably with the rapid expansion of the past few years the University is experiencing difficulties in providing sufficient academic as well as residential accommodation.
▪ Institutions took the hint, and began their current binge of rapid expansion.
▪ Its rapid expansion is causing severe strains on its current buildings on Corstorphine Hill.
▪ Since 1979, the rapid expansion of union education in Britain has gone into reverse.
▪ Heclo points to the rapid expansion of the number of groups and their representatives in Washington in the 1970s.
▪ If rapid eye movements accompany dreaming, does it mean that our eyes are following the action of the dreams?
▪ The sleeper is awakened when rapid eye movements indicate that dreaming is taking place.
▪ The rapid fire of questions was deliberate, she knew, designed to scare her into blurting out the truth.
▪ Despite the rapid growth of recent years, poverty is proving stubbornly hard to eradicate.
▪ The recession, inflation, and high food costs caused rapid growth in the number of food co-ops.
▪ The inflation rate was fuelled by a relatively rapid growth rate which in 1989 reached 5.4 percent.
▪ Employment of local government inspectors is concentrated in cities and in suburban areas undergoing rapid growth.
▪ All sorts of companies seem to be capable of rapid growth.
▪ Unfortunately they are seldom present in small quantities for long, as they soon cover the bottom from their rapid growth.
▪ Bearpark expects the most rapid growth to come from services and systems integration, particularly in the open systems arena.
▪ It forces real interest rates into the stratosphere and makes rapid growth extremely difficult.
▪ With the exception of western humanitarian aid, none of their hopes of an rapid improvement in the economy was fulfilled.
▪ She seemed to have made a rapid improvement in health since I last saw her.
▪ Its workforce needs rapid improvement to suit, its management levels and vision upgrading.
▪ There was a rapid increase in the output of journals and books and in the range of and demand for newspapers.
▪ However, the rapid increase in the number of science policy-making organs does not necessarily imply efficiency.
▪ But by around 1020, the quality of Norman coins declined markedly as a concomitant to the rapid increase in quantity.
▪ The report also notes a rapid increase in the number of single-parent households.
▪ Younger age groups are experiencing a rapid increase in the proportion of minorities among their ranks.
▪ The rapid increase in the number and diversity of states has had long-term consequences for global politics.
▪ With the rapid increase in biotechnological research, stricter controls with powers of enforcement may well prove necessary in Britain.
▪ He sat where medical students usually sat, hands clasped before him, watching the rapid movement of the green-robed figures below.
▪ It is only rapid movements up that become uncontrollable.
▪ For hard-liners, on both sides, the rapid movement toward a new world structure was alarming.
▪ Watching rapid movements can aggravate giddiness.
▪ The first rabbit stopped in a sunny patch and scratched his ear with rapid movements of his hind-leg.
▪ Gripping the sides of the sidecar, he urged Yanto to increase the already rapid pace.
▪ C.-Only eight games into the season and the Raiders are on a rapid pace to being written off.
▪ The very rapid pace of change in the computer market does mean that second-hand computers can be excellent value.
▪ Reckless economic development and rapid population growth threaten the world's fragile environment.
▪ Life in Cairo often manages to work even under the oppressive condi-tions of poverty and rapid population growth.
▪ Where there is a high population density and a rapid population turnover, the church must achieve visibility.
▪ But with rapid population growth, all the negative effects of poverty and ill-conceived government policies are magnified.
▪ Countries with slower population growth saw their average percapita incomes grow 2.5 percent more than those with more rapid population growth.
▪ The effects of rapid population growth are everywhere.
▪ Congestion and land hunger were particularly acute in Lewis, because of the rapid population increase.
▪ Elsewhere, the effects of rapid population growth are far more severe.
▪ Other projects made more rapid progress that new year.
▪ The doctors were surprised at his rapid progress.
▪ Leaning rather than pulling is a recurrent theme in windsurfing which, once mastered, leads to rapid progress.
▪ Mr Holmes a Court is thought to have taken advantage of the share's rapid progress, selling his 2 percent stake.
▪ But if rapid progress in combating poverty was possible in Britain over the past 100 years, then it is possible elsewhere.
▪ After one treatment the fish has made rapid progress and is now able to swim upright.
▪ Teachers using Fast Forward find the material is already under control and organized ideally to ensure rapid progress.
▪ Modern fax technology has made rapid progress.
▪ Communication by electronic means is growing at a rapid rate throughout industry and government organisations.
▪ Do we carry on burning fossil fuels at rapid rates?
▪ Shaw's brand Own label development continued at a rapid rate.
▪ Incidentally, it is a good idea to take photographs where possible as sites are still disappearing at a rapid rate.
▪ Hopefully increased competition will stimulate a more rapid rate of innovation.
▪ Sometimes in history there is a rapid rate of change.
▪ We may be undergoing a rapid rate of change in our knowledge base now, and that may be hard to assimilate.
▪ Given the School's rapid rate of growth, more part-time tutors are needed across the full range of management activities.
▪ The latest addition is International Blue Shield, aiming to provide rapid reaction teams when an unexpected threat emerges.
▪ Conditions like these would likely trigger a rapid reaction.
▪ The system efficiently delivered the rapid reaction force it was designed to produce.
▪ Andrei Krestyaninov, a commander of an elite rapid reaction force leading the attack, the Itar-Tass news agency reported.
▪ Developed countries speak of rapid reaction forces as the future of their military strategies.
▪ Get rapid responses to queries people raise in their staff meetings.
▪ That kind of rapid response will not be available on the space station, because the shuttle will be docked.
▪ This ideally matches the requirements of the servos and ensures a smooth and rapid response.
▪ D.. Augment rapid response capabilities for vaccine delivery and expand evaluation of vaccine efficacy and the cost effectiveness of vaccination programs.
▪ The gentle and yet rapid response that one achieves has to be experienced to be understood.
▪ Duty and intake systems to detect incipient problems early and to provide a rapid response. 3.
▪ Coun Hughes urged Mr Threlfall to consider a rapid response unit to deal with emergencies.
▪ This allows a rapid response to any divergences from expectations and for counter action to be agreed.
▪ If there is surprise among outsiders at his rapid rise, within the bank it is seen as totally predictable.
▪ Not even cool weather can stop the rapid rise of red numbers, or so it seems.
▪ Her rapid rise to the top is well deserved and she does not suffer from having political labels stuck on her.
▪ He had speculated, with good reason, on the rapid rise of the shares.
▪ The iceberg is the result of a rapid rise in vehicle theft by young persons which goes back some time.
▪ Underscoring the rapid rise of the group, Internet stocks are not yet measured by the Dow Jones industry groups.
▪ This inpart reflects the recent very rapid rise in interest-bearing sterling deposits, due to high real interest rates.
▪ The rapid spread of small arms and light weapons facilitate the recruitment of child soldiers.
▪ The result has been a rapid spread of unsightly buildings across the countryside.
▪ All three factors are thought to have played a part in the rapid spread of the disease.
▪ That was the first wonderful release, others were to follow in rapid succession.
▪ There, during an eight-year period in the late 1970s and early 1980s, large trees began dying in rapid succession.
▪ Following him, there was a rapid succession of occupants.
▪ When a user browses the Web, objects are retrieved in rapid succession from often widely dispersed servers.
▪ Increasingly, the tendency is to work for a large number of companies in rapid succession.
▪ I stood fearfully against a board as in rapid succession the knives flashed through the air and encircled my body.
▪ Female red-legged partridges and Temminck's stints produce two clutches in very rapid succession.
▪ He was the chief architect in charge of the then-burgeoning rapid transit system - and it turns out he was also a painter.
▪ These findings are consistent with decreased transit in the proximal and rapid transit through the sigmoid colon in patients with active colitis.
▪ Historians have tended to overlook the possibilities of more rapid transit where the cargo concerned was profitable enough to merit it.
▪ At least 150 miles of new rapid transit and underground railways are envisaged in the next 20 to 30 years.
▪ Like some other rapid transit systems, this plan utilises only former and existing railway routes.
▪ Myddle parish saw nothing like the same rapid turnover of personnel.
▪ A population of mice may yield up to six times its weight because of rapid turnover and high metabolism.
▪ The effect of adversary politics in Britain is intensified by the rapid turnover of government personnel.
▪ Those lymphocytes responsible for recall responses have a more rapid turnover, implying that long-lived memory is not maintained by long-lived T-lymphocytes.
▪ They tend to rely on a rapid turnover of stock, to keep down inventory levels.
▪ In tne fast food business, every second counts and a rapid turnover of customers is essential to maximise profit margins.
at a good/rapid/fast etc clip
▪ He was walking along at a good clip, his eyes idly panning the facades of the brownstone houses.
▪ Up ahead, a thoroughfare Traffic was going across the intersection at a good clip in both directions.
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▪ a rapid increase in the population
▪ Adolescence is a period of great and rapid change.
▪ She made a rapid recovery after her operation.
▪ The college offers a rapid programme of training for librarians.
▪ Will cast a rapid glance at the clock.
▪ After one treatment the fish has made rapid progress and is now able to swim upright.
▪ But this same development model has recently produced the largest and most rapid reduction of poverty in history.
▪ For hard-liners, on both sides, the rapid movement toward a new world structure was alarming.
▪ Investments in public transport in these areas have concentrated on expensive high technology systems of rapid rail transit.
▪ That was the first wonderful release, others were to follow in rapid succession.
▪ The rapid force of airbag inflation saves adult lives.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Rapid \Rap"id\ (r[a^]p"[i^]d), a. [L. rapidus, fr. rapere to seize and carry off, to snatch or hurry away; perhaps akin to Gr. 'arpa`zein: cf. F. rapide. Cf. Harpy, Ravish.]

  1. Very swift or quick; moving with celerity; fast; as, a rapid stream; a rapid flight; a rapid motion.

    Ascend my chariot; guide the rapid wheels.

  2. Advancing with haste or speed; speedy in progression; in quick sequence; as, rapid growth; rapid improvement; rapid recurrence; rapid succession.

  3. Quick in execution; as, a rapid penman.


Rapid \Rap"id\, n. [Cf. F. rapide. See Rapid, a.] The part of a river where the current moves with great swiftness, but without actual waterfall or cascade; sometimes called whitewater; -- usually used in the plural; as, the Lachine rapids in the St. Lawrence.

Row, brothers, row, the stream runs fast, The rapids are near, and the daylight's past.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1630s, "moving quickly," from French rapide (17c.) and directly from Latin rapidus "hasty, swift, rapid; snatching; fierce, impetuous," from rapere "hurry away, carry off, seize, plunder," from PIE root *rep- "to snatch" (cognates: Greek ereptomai "devour," harpazein "snatch away," Lithuanian raples "tongs"). Meaning "happening in a short time" is from 1780. Related: Rapidly; rapidness. Rapid-transit first attested 1852, in reference to street railways; rapid eye movement is from 1906.


a. Very swift or quick. adv. (context archaic or colloquial English) Rapidly. n. 1 (context often in the plural English) a rough section of a river or stream which is difficult to navigate due to the swift and turbulent motion of the water. 2 (context dated English) A burst of rapid fire.

  1. adj. done or occurring in a brief period of time; "a rapid rise through the ranks"

  2. characterized by speed; moving with or capable of moving with high speed; "a rapid movment"; "a speedy car"; "a speedy errand boy" [syn: speedy]


n. a part of a river where the current is very fast

Rapid (disambiguation)

A rapid is a section of a river with turbulent water flow.

Rapid may also refer to:


RAPID is a high-level programming language used to control ABB industrial robots. RAPID was introduced along with S4 Control System in 1994 by ABB, superseding the ARLA programming language.

Features in the language include:

  • Routine parameters:
    • Procedures - used as a subprogram.
    • Functions - return a value of a specific type and are used as an argument of an instruction.
    • Trap routines - a means of responding to interrupts.
  • Arithmetic and logical expressions
  • Automatic error handling
  • Modular programs
  • Multi tasking
Rapid (brig)

The Rapid was a brig of 161 tons, remembered as the ship which brought William Light's surveying party to the new colony of South Australia.

Usage examples of "rapid".

We may infer that the carbonate of ammonia is absorbed by the glands, not only from its action being so rapid, but from its effect being somewhat different from that of other salts.

When we run the cosmic film in reverse, rapid accelerating expansion turns into rapid decelerating contraction.

The city was accessible only by a narrow peninsula towards the west, as the other three sides were surrounded by the Adige, a rapid river, which covered the province of Venetia, from whence the besieged derived an inexhaustible supply of men and provisions.

Tiriki scampered into the room, her silky fair hair all aflutter about the elfin face, her small tunic torn, one pink foot sandalled and the other bare, whose rapid uneven steps bore her swiftly to Domaris.

More hurtful than agnosticism, because affecting larger masses of people, is the rapid growth of the mercantile spirit during the present century, especially in America.

From observing its action in the cure of this and other miasmatic diseases, and knowing its composition, we are thoroughly satisfied that it contains chemical properties which neutralize and destroy the miasmatic or ague poison which is in the system, and, at the same time, produces a rapid excretion of the neutralized poisons.

The herd paused for an instant at the edge of the slope, but Akela gave tongue in the full hunting yell, and they pitched over one after the other just as steamers shoot rapids, the sand and stones spurting up round them.

Nature of the experiments--Effects of boiling water--Warm water causes rapid inflection--Water at a higher temperature does not cause immediate inflection, but does not kill the leaves, as shown by their subsequent reexpansion and by the aggregation of the protoplasm--A still higher temperature kills the leaves and coagulates the albuminous contents of the glands.

Immediately behind them, the amphibious squadron took to the air, a rapid succession of plane after plane leaping like fish off a dock.

When the earth leaves the aphelion, a reaction takes place, being most rapid in September.

He at once suspected arsenical poisoning, but, on treatment, Bryant made such a rapid recovery that the doctor believed himself to be mistaken in his diagnosis.

Physostigmine, indeed, stimulates nearly all the non-striped muscles in the body, and this action upon the muscular coats of the arteries, and especially of the arterioles, causes a great rise in blood-pressure shortly after its absorption, which is very rapid.

Under these circumstances the Federal commander resolved to give up the attempt to assail Richmond from the north or east, and by a rapid movement to Petersburg, seize upon that place, cut the Confederate railroads leading southward, and thus compel an evacuation of the capital.

With arrows whose point was shaped into the form of a crescent, Commodus often intercepted the rapid career, and cut asunder the long, bony neck of the ostrich.

Laurette, and asked her some questions concerning the road, and whether the motion was too slow or too rapid, and then, without attending to the answer, relapsed into his former state of silence and thoughtfulness.