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[rap-id] /ˈræp ɪd/
adjective, sometimes, rapider, rapidest.
1.
occurring within a short time; happening speedily:
rapid growth.
2.
moving or acting with great speed; swift:
a rapid worker.
3.
characterized by speed:
rapid motion.
noun
4.
Usually, rapids. a part of a river where the current runs very swiftly.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; < Latin rapidus tearing away, seizing, swift. See rape1, -id4
Related forms
rapidly, adverb
ultrarapid, adjective
ultrarapidly, adverb
Can be confused
fast, quick, rapid, swift (see synonym study at quick)
Synonyms
2. See quick.
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Examples for rapids
  • Sites where a river can be forded or waterfalls and rapids occur can become a natural meeting point for people.
  • The river is filled with mild to moderate rapids that lend excitement to your whitewater rafting trip.
  • Operators pride themselves on offering the best commercially run rapids in the world.
  • And off-duty rafting guides brave roller-coaster rapids in locally made kayaks.
  • Persuade your guide to tow along an inflatable kayak to bump up the fun factor during the rapids.
British Dictionary definitions for rapids

rapids

/ˈræpɪdz/
plural noun
1.
part of a river where the current is very fast and turbulent

rapid

/ˈræpɪd/
adjective
1.
(of an action or movement) performed or occurring during a short interval of time; quick a rapid transformation
2.
characterized by high speed rapid movement
3.
acting or moving quickly; fast a rapid worker
See also rapids
Derived Forms
rapidly, adverb
rapidity (rəˈpɪdɪtɪ), rapidness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin rapidus tearing away, from rapere to seize; see rape1
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Word Origin and History for rapids
rapid
1634, from L. rapidus "hasty, snatching," from rapere "hurry away, carry off, seize, plunder," from PIE base *rep- "to snatch" (cf. Gk. ereptomai "devour," harpazein "snatch away"). Rapids is 1765, from Fr. rapides, applied by Fr. voyagers to North American rivers. Rapid-transit first attested 1873; rapid eye movement is from 1916.
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