Origin: Related forms
before 900; 1965–70 for def 6; (noun) Middle English spede good luck, prosperity, rapidity, Old English spēd; cognate with Dutch spoed, Old High German spōt; akin to Old English spōwan to prosper, succeed; (v.) Middle English speden to succeed, prosper, go with speed, Old English spēdan to succeed, prosper; cognate with Old Saxon spōdian, Old High German spuoten
outspeed, verb (used with object), outsped or outspeeded, outspeeding.
overspeed, verb, oversped or overspeeded, overspeeding.
fleetness, alacrity, dispatch, expedition; hurry. Speed, velocity, quickness, rapidity, celerity, haste
refer to swift or energetic movement or operation. Speed
(originally prosperity or success) may apply to human or nonhuman activity and emphasizes the rate in time at which something travels or operates: the speed of light, of a lens, of an automobile, of thought. Velocity
a more learned or technical term, is sometimes interchangeable with speed
: the velocity of light;
it is commonly used to refer to high rates of speed, linear or circular: velocity of a projectile. Quickness
a native word, and rapidity
a synonym of Latin origin, suggest speed of movement or operation on a small or subordinate scale; quickness
applies more to people (quickness of mind, of perception, of bodily movement
more to things, often in a technical or mechanical context: the rapidity of moving parts; a lens of great rapidity. Celerity
a somewhat literary synonym of Latin origin, refers usually to human movement or operation and emphasizes expedition, dispatch, or economy in an activity: the celerity of his response. Haste
refers to the energetic activity of human beings under stress; it often suggests lack of opportunity for care or thought: to marry in haste; a report prepared in haste. 9.
advance, favor. 11.