One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Moving, operating, or happening very quickly.‘high-speed travel’
fast, fast-moving, quick, rapid, speedy, swift, breakneck, lightning, whistle-stop, brisk, prompt, expeditiousView synonyms
- ‘The waters of the Adriatic were rough and made the high-speed ferry list back and forth dangerously.’
- ‘Mr Jowett's cycling career was never the same after he was injured in a high-speed crash in the Lake District in 1977 but he continued riding his bike until two years ago.’
- ‘That service was sidelined in April when a safety inspection turned up cracks on the brake rotors of all 20 high-speed trains.’
- ‘According to some predictions, every household, school and library will have high-speed broadband access to the Internet by the end of this year.’
- ‘The first stage of a multi-billion pound high-speed rail network which will run close to York has been given the go-ahead, according to reports at the weekend.’
- ‘The high-speed catamaran was not able to operate a reliable timetable.’
- ‘Even though these video clips are short, you'll still want a high-speed connection to enjoy them.’
- ‘Five high-speed cameras placed around the court follow every ball in flight.’
- ‘The money will pay for a fleet of new high-speed trains as well as an upgrade for all 30 stations on the route, and is expected to create about 200 jobs.’
- ‘The 140 mph trains will run fast commuter services from London to Ashford on the new high-speed rail link to the Channel tunnel.’
- ‘Studies show that European subscriptions to high-speed Internet service are on track to surpass those in the United States.’
- ‘The Shinkansen was part of a fleet of high-speed trains which experts say represented one of the biggest advances in railway technology.’
- ‘Amtrak has said it is losing $1 million every week the high-speed service is not operational.’
- ‘It's not a high-speed circuit, there are not many fast corners.’
- ‘The service works with dial-up and high-speed Internet services.’
- ‘In Europe and Japan, commuters zoom between city centers on efficient high-speed trains.’
- ‘Most observers would expect him to travel in the latest military high-speed aircraft.’
- ‘But many viewers will choose to download overnight and with the increasing availability of high-speed broadband, the time could be reduced to an hour.’
- ‘Just two or three years ago, hotels that offered guests in-room high-speed Internet access were still somewhat of a novelty.’
- ‘Main-line drivers operate high-speed trains on longer journeys and shifts include nights away from home while freight drivers are required to do more night work.’
- 1.1 (of photographic film) needing little light or only short exposure.
- ‘At that time high-speed film didn't exist, but the cameraman, Lorne Batchelor, was really very good.’
- ‘So the only option that you have is to go for high-speed film.’
- 1.2 (of steel) suitable for drill bits and other tools that cut fast enough to become red-hot.
- ‘Tool materials may be high-speed steel, cast alloy, or tungsten carbide.’
- ‘At the low end you have blades made from high-speed steel with only around 10 to 12 teeth.’
- ‘Cobalt is used in high-speed steels and increases the red hardness so that they can be used at higher operating temperatures.’
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