Others, like the prominent Roma activist Valeriu Nicholae, speak of its “rapid dissolution.”
If New Jersey Gov. Christie actually joins the 2012 presidential race, he risks a rapid fall from grace.
They will certainly not condition any aid on a rapid return to democracy and free and fair elections.
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" (cf. 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.