Definition of rapidity in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The quality of moving or reacting with great speed.

    ‘the fish sank into the sand with such rapidity that it must be seen to be believed’
    • ‘It won't be anything on the scale or the rapidity of the surge in Iraq.’
    • ‘He can tell by the rapidity of the bleeps that he is close by now.’
    • ‘She was interrupted in her reverie by a sight of a man, clad in black, descending the hill with some rapidity.’
    • ‘The Red Army would then move with great rapidity to concentrate against one enemy division.’
    • ‘For example, there are several cases on record of third-degree burns healing with extraordinary rapidity.’
    • ‘But, if by any accident the parachute is not expanded as he falls, the rapidity of the fall will not be checked.’
    • ‘To record the rapidity, force, breadth, or intensity of movements, Laban required additional notations.’
    • ‘This would contribute to the apparent rapidity of the oxidation event.’
    • ‘In the cadenzas, Cziffra rips out the single note runs with a rapidity usually reserved for piano roll "performances."’
    • ‘Rapidity of thrust generation is accordingly coupled to torsional agility in pitch.’
    • ‘What's striking about the sequence is the rapidity with which the numbers grow larger.’
    • ‘However, neither the scale of the phenomenon nor its rapidity of onset during or following allopolyploidization is known.’
    • ‘The rapidity with which the Indian government has abandoned its previous foreign policy precepts underlines the fact that there is no going back.’
    • ‘You mentioned being fascinated by the rapidity of some of these electronic devices.’
    • ‘The rapidity with which you work through further evaluation depends on whether you have any other health complaints or not.’
    • ‘The rock liner for the junction pockets is glasslike due to the rapidity with which it cooled during formation.’
    • ‘The tidings spread with wonderful rapidity in the wilderness of Judea.’
    • ‘My only real problem with the game is that you can lose your hand with frightening rapidity.’
    • ‘The length of each symbol corresponds to the rapidity of the gesture.’
    • ‘It may be in part accounted for by much energy being expended in the rapidity of the transmission.’
    quickness, swiftness, speed, speediness, briskness, expeditiousness, alacrity, dispatch, velocity, promptness, promptitude
    suddenness, immediacy, instantaneousness, hurriedness, haste, hastiness, abruptness, precipitateness
    fleetness, celerity
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    1. 1.1The fact of happening at a great rate; swiftness.
      ‘technology spreads with extraordinary rapidity’
      • ‘We just could not afford either the rapidity or the nature of some of his political experiments.’
      • ‘The idea of the ` movement of movements ' has proved with extraordinary rapidity to lead nowhere.’
      • ‘During that month of June the events have succeeded themselves with great rapidity.’
      • ‘The rapidity of that shift depends on the rate of advance of battery technology.’
      • ‘He "was promoted with spectacular rapidity to the post of political editor," the Guardian notes.’
      • ‘That may be valid for some businesses, especially in view of the rapidity of technological changes.’
      • ‘The town was commenced in 1837, and has increased with remarkable rapidity.’
      • ‘There were many who located in the new city and building began to go on with increasing rapidity.’
      • ‘Reason: the unprecedented rapidity with which the hitherto relatively sedentary human populations are inter-mixing across the globe.’
      • ‘We can only hope that the projection does not become more pessimistic with equal rapidity.’
      • ‘The British found out toward the end of the 19th century that a seemingly unassailable international power position can melt away with unexpected rapidity.’
      • ‘He was amazed at the rapidity of it all.’
      • ‘Second, the rapidity of such character analyses enables a large number of research workers to propose phylogenies based on various sets of characters.’
      • ‘Once that accessibility was achieved, the technology began to diffuse with increasing rapidity.’
      • ‘In the same fashion, the rapidity with which you go through the adaptation is highly individual.’
      • ‘My sentiments became elevated with the most inconceivable rapidity to the level of my ideas.’
      • ‘The total breakdown of the socialist economies of Eastern Europe, on which East Germany was almost entirely dependent, occurred with startling rapidity.’
      • ‘Perhaps our concept of justification is not itself precise enough to require a precise degree of ease or rapidity of access.’
      • ‘In fact, I can turn them over with frightening rapidity.’
      • ‘Inspirational talent from Northern Ireland whose rapidity around the green baize earned him the nickname "Hurricane" Higgins.’