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Below you will find the definition of rapid, followed by 44 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - done or occurring in a brief period of time
EXAMPLES - Rapid in a Sentence
- They also have what is called the rapid response unit. (source)
- She stopped struggling but sucked in short, rapid gasps. " (source)
- Three more, caught in rapid succession, furnished his breakfast. (source)
- Her mouth hung open and she was respirating in short, rapid pants. (source)
- Looking for what he called "rapid action" on the economy, U.S. Sen. (source)
- Again Ferros ceased talking, his breath coming in short, rapid pants. (source)
- He heard a shot, then two shots, in rapid succession, and he knew that (source)
- He terms the rapid decline in a major public health marker as "breathtaking." (source)
- Gus got out the shotgun and fired both barrels three times in rapid succession. (source)
- | Reply | Permalink tokin librul, it is called rapid typing which leads to typos. (source)
- We spend about two hours a night in the deep but active state known as rapid eye movement, or REM. (source)
- At ten o'clock that night, the great powder magazines at Point Pinole exploded in rapid succession. (source)
- But the difficulty of going at what I call a rapid pace, is prodigious; it is almost an impossibility. (source)
- He continued to swerve back and forth, while Morganson fired twice in rapid succession and missed both shots. (source)
- He also says China can no longer sacrifice the environment for what he describes as rapid and reckless development. (source)
- In a fast-paced emergency room, if your child comes in with swine flu symptoms, doctors may get what's called a rapid test. (source)
- At last, in short rapid phrases, he acquainted me with things which plunged me into a state bordering on complete bewilderment. (source)
- The Canada Line, the latest addition to Vancouver's SkyTrain rapid transit system, has been up and running for a couple of weeks now*. (source)
- The spy fisherman we had left behind on the stringer-piece pulled out a revolver and fired five shots into the air in rapid succession. (source)
- Taen chose not to delay as he called rapid orders to his sailhands, but burrowed in panic under slack canvas to locate her tunic and boots. (source)
- Bank experts insist that unless there is what they call rapid market-assisted land reform, any future economic development will be precarious. (source)
- That's the trouble with global warming, you see: even what they call rapid is still way too slow for the attention span of modern TV audiences. (source)
- QUESTION: There are some concerns in this country about the European plan for what they call a rapid-reaction force, their own military capability. (source)
- Yes, the emotional conservative response to the idea of rapid change is that any rapid change in the order of things is frightening and even repulsive. (source)
- An unfortunate outcome of the devaluation was the short-term rapid rise in inflation, which was anticipated to increase to around 7 per cent by year end. (source)
- These episodes are normally separated by periods of normal mood, but in some patients, depression and mania may rapidly alternate, known as rapid cycling. (source)
- The proprietor and the rest took turns at talking to me in rapid-fire Spanish, and, from the expressions on their faces, all concluded that I was remarkably stupid. (source)
- The Red Cross folks say that they hope to get there tonight and that the first thing they're going to do is try to build up what they call a rapid deployment hospital. (source)
- I blushed when he repeated my words, and attempted to make some apology; but the old gentleman stopped me by commencing to explain his intentions in short, rapid sentences. (source)
- These are politically sensitive military operations normally characterized by the short-term rapid projection or employment of forces in conditions short of conventional war. (source)
- He is wearing a special brace for more stability and mobility, and coach Brad Childress said he was pleasantly surprised to see what he called rapid progress in Jackson's recovery. (source)
- Canyon, because the declivity within it is so great and the water descends with such tremendous velocity and continuity that he thought the term rapid failed to interpret the conditions. (source)
- a needed supply of game while he, with a packer named Barrill, should make what he described as a rapid reconnaissance preparatory to a further attempt upon the summit the following year. (source)
- U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry said on Sunday he is encouraged by what he described as the rapid and dramatic series of events toward a new Egypt without Mubarak. (source)
- The point is by deciding not to create a boom to public services based on revenue streams like development impact fees garnered through the city's short term rapid growth there is also no bust. (source)
- Well, it turns out that we may have clues now to a link between the development of dementia and a sleep disorder known as rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder (let's call it RBD for short). (source)
- When a person is in the REM phase, there is a noticeable twitching movement of the eyes under closed lids (hence the term rapid eye movement), and the voluntary muscles of the body are usually paralysed. (source)
- As Mayor Richard M. Daley prepares to leave office, some of his most loyal supporters are upset about the financial troubles he will leave behind and worried that the city services they have come to expect are in rapid decline. (source)
- Opponents of Dodd-Frank decry what they call a rapid and haphazard approach, saying market participants "don't know what the rules are or whether these rules cover them," said Jess Sharp , a top official at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. (source)
- "American beef producers could easily allay those fears by subjecting every cow at slaughter to the so-called rapid test, which costs about $20 per carcass and screens for this brain-wasting disease in a few hours rather than days," Hansen wrote. (source)
- Elmer = "now, even though the chances of me NEEDING more than 5 rounds in rapid sucession are slim, if i do, i dont want to have to take all the time to dig out the rounds, and shove them into the gun and all the while, my next prospective target is running away." (source)
- Then he saw them strike a crawl-stroke, side by side, faces downward, full-lengths out-stretched on surface, their feet sculling like propellers and their arms flailing in rapid over-hand strokes, as they spurted speed to approximate the speed of the overtaking wave, so that, when overtaken, they would become part of the wave, and travel with it instead of being left behind it. (source)
- If Obama's second surge into Afghanistan is similar to the one made in Iraq -- that is, a rapid infusion of U.S. troops followed by a painfully slow withdrawal -- then, as the young John Kerry alluded to more than thirty years ago, our president is asking thousands of young men and women in uniform to sacrifice their lives for an occupation that not even he fully accepts and has already labeled a mistake. (source)
- MoveOn TV Ad: 'I'm Warren Buffett's Secretary' between proponents and opponents of a higher tax rate on incomes over one million dollars. way back in 2007, Buffett supported his call for higher tax rates on the rich by citing his secretary, who he says pays a higher tax rate on her relatively small salary compared to the 15 percent capital gains rate Buffett pays on his investments gains. is out with what it calls a "rapid response 30-second TV ad that will air on national cable next week." (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 44 example sentences provided below is 57.0, which suggests that "rapid" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 33 synonyms for rapid.
accelerated, active, agile, breakneck, brisk, double time, expeditious, expeditive, express, fast, fleet, fleet of foot, flying, hasty, hurried, in nothing flat, light-footed, like a house on fire, lively, mercurial, nimble, on the double, precipitate, prompt, quick as a wink, quickened, ready, really rolling, screaming, speedy, spry, swift, winged
We have 7 antonyms for rapid.
delayed, languishing, leisurely, slack, slow, sluggish, tardy
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of rapid from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Moving, acting, or occurring with great speed. See Synonyms at fast1.
- (noun) An extremely fast-moving part of a river, caused by a steep descent in the riverbed. Often used in the plural.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Describes a process or concept which occurs quickly.
- (noun) a rough section of a river or stream which is difficult to navigate due to the swift and turbulent motion of the water.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Very swift or quick; moving with celerity; fast
- (adjective) Advancing with haste or speed; speedy in progression; in quick sequence
- (adjective) Quick in execution.
- (noun) The part of a river where the current moves with great swiftness, but without actual waterfall or cascade; sometimes called whitewater; -- usually used in the plural.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Moving or doing swiftly or with celerity; acting or performing with speed; quick in motion or execution: as, a rapid horse; a rapid worker or speaker.
- (None) Swiftly advancing; going on or forward at a fast rate; making quick progress: as, rapid growth; rapid improvement; a rapid conflagration.
- (None) Marked by swiftness of motion or action; proceeding or performed with velocity; executed speedily.
- (None) Gay.
- (None) =Syn. 1–3. Fast, fleet, expeditious, hasty, hurried.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) done or occurring in a brief period of time
- (adjective) characterized by speed; moving with or capable of moving with high speed
- (noun) a part of a river where the current is very fast