rapid has definitions from the fields of nautical,geography
[ adjective ] done or occurring in a brief period of time


"a rapid rise through the ranks"

Used in print

(Frank Oppenheimer, "Science and Fear-- A Discussion...)

But it has been during the last two centuries , during the scientific revolution , that our independence from the physical environment has made the most rapid strides .

(Cornell H. Mayer, "Radio Emission of the Moon...)

These contour diagrams also suggest a rather rapid falloff in the radio_brightness with latitude .

(Raymond C. Binder et al., editors, Proceedings...)

The pressure gradient producing the jet is_due to the nature of the magnetic_field in the arc ( rapid decrease of current density from cathode to the anode ) .

(Jay C. Harris and John R. Van Wazer, "Detergent...)

Harris has indicated that two devices , the Launder-Ometer and Terg-O-Tometer are most widely used for rapid detergent testing , and he has listed the commercially available standard soiled fabrics .

The soiled fabrics used for rapid testing of detergent formulations are made in such a way that only part of the soil is removed by even the best detergent formulation in a single wash .

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[ adjective ] characterized by speed; moving with or capable of moving with high speed




"a rapid movement" "a speedy car" "a speedy errand boy"

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[ noun ] (nautical,geography) a part of a river where the current is very fast

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waterway river