Definition of rapidity in English:

rapidity

noun

  • 1The quality of moving or reacting with great speed.

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

Pronunciation

rapidity

/rəˈpidədē//rəˈpɪdədi/