• (RP, America) IPA: /ˈɹæpɪd/


  1. Very swift or quick.
    a rapid stream;  rapid growth;  rapid improvement
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 6”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      Ascend my Chariot; guide the rapid Wheeles.
  2. Steep, changing altitude quickly. (of a slope)
  3. Needing only a brief exposure time. (of a lens, plate, film, etc.)
  4. (England, dialectal) Violent, severe.
  5. (obsolete, dialectal) Happy.
Translations Adverb


  1. (archaic or colloquial) Rapidly.

rapid (plural rapids)

  1. (often, in the plural) a rough section of a river or stream which is difficult to navigate due to the swift and turbulent motion of the water.
  2. (dated) A burst of rapid fire.
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