celerity
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /sɪˈlɛɹɪti/
  • (America)
Noun

celerity (uncountable)

  1. Speed, swiftness.
    • c. 1604, William Shakespeare, act 5, in Measure for Measure:
      O most kind maid, / It was the swift celerity of his death, / Which I did think with slower foot came on, / That brain'd my purpose.
  2. (oceanography) The speed of individual waves (as opposed to the speed of groups of waves).
  3. (hydrology) The speed with which a perturbation to the flow propagates through the flow domain.
  4. (telecommunications, dated) The speed of symbol transmission, now called baud rate.
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