- 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.
- Steep, changing altitude quickly. (of a slope)
- Needing only a brief exposure time. (of a lens, plate, film, etc.)
- (England, dialectal) Violent, severe.
- (obsolete, dialectal) Happy.
- (archaic or colloquial) Rapidly.
rapid (plural rapids)
- (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.
- (dated) A burst of rapid fire.
- French: rapides
- German: Stromschnelle
- Italian: rapida, cataratta
- Portuguese: corredeira
- Russian: стремни́на
- Spanish: rápido, rabión