[rap-id] /ˈræp ɪd/
adjective, sometimes, rapider, rapidest.
occurring within a short time; happening speedily:
moving or acting with great speed; swift:
a rapid worker.
characterized by speed:
Usually, rapids. a part of a river where the current runs very swiftly.
(of an action or movement) performed or occurring during a short interval of time; quick: a rapid transformation
characterized by high speed: rapid movement
acting or moving quickly; fast: a rapid worker
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.
[rap-i-dan] /ˌræp ɪˈdæn/ noun 1. a river in N Virginia, flowing E from the Blue Ridge Mountains into the Rappahannock River: Civil War battle 1862.
- Rapid application development
programming (RAD) A loose term for any software life-cycle designed to give faster development and better results and to take maximum advantage of recent advances in development software. RAD is associated with a wide range of approaches to software development: from hacking away in a GUI builder with little in the way of analysis and […]
processor A specially packaged Intel 486DX and a dummy floating point unit (FPU) designed as pin-compatible replacements for an Intel 80386 processor and 80387 FPU. Since the DX variant has a working on-chip FPU, a dummy FPU package is supplied to go in the 387 FPU socket. (1995-05-10)
- Rapid canities
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