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.
The attack on Malala earned deep and rapid condemnation worldwide.
I had like three drinks in rapid succession and literally passed out.
Harriet's climbing was not so rapid as to make her dizzy; but business was coming.
A rapid walk soon restored the maidens to their own peaceful homes.
Yet the movement, when it was made, might fairly be described as rapid.
We regret that his tours are so rapid, and his journals so brief.
It was in quest of this Governor that Yoosoof bent his rapid steps.
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.