[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.
part of a river where the current is very fast and turbulent
(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
1765, from French rapides (see rapid); applied by French voyagers to rough, swift-flowing reaches in North American rivers.
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.
noun 1. a system of public transportation in a metropolitan area, usually a subway or elevated train system.
- Rapid transit chess
noun 1. the US name for lightning chess
language, tool A method for translating set of abbreviations into the much more verbose COBOL code. [Sammet 1969, p. 338]. (1995-05-10)
[rey-pee-er] /ˈreɪ pi ər/ noun 1. a small sword, especially of the 18th century, having a narrow blade and used for thrusting. 2. a longer, heavier sword, especially of the 16th and 17th centuries, having a double-edged blade and used for slashing and thrusting. /ˈreɪpɪə/ noun 1. a long narrow two-edged sword with a guarded […]