celerity

[suh-ler-i-tee]
noun
swiftness; speed.

Origin:
1480–90; earlier celerite < Middle French < Latin celeritās, equivalent to celer swift + -itās -ity


alacrity, dispatch, briskness. See speed.
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celerity (sɪˈlɛrɪtɪ)
 
n
rapidity; swiftness; speed
 
[C15: from Old French celerite, from Latin celeritās, from celer swift]

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celerity
late 15c., from M.Fr. célérité, from L. celeritatem (nom. celeritas), from celer "swift," from PIE base *kel- "to drive, set in swift motion" (cf. Skt. carati "goes," Gk. keles "fast horse or ship," keleuthos "journey, road," Lith. sulys "a gallop," O.H.G. scelo "stallion").
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Example sentences
The findings support the swiftness or celerity element of deterrence theory.
For deep water waves, the wave height is virtually unaffected by the depth and the wave celerity is unaffected by the bottom.
The kinematic wave celerity, c k, is interpreted as the velocity at which a disturbance travels through the channel network.
As the storm sewer fills, the flow will return to subcritical as the celerity increases rapidly.
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