• IPA: /ˈspiːdɪŋ/
  1. present participle of speed#English|speed

speeding (not comparable)

  1. Travelling very fast; moving at speed.
  2. Specifically, travelling at an illegal speed (of vehicles, motorists).
    We were overtaken on the inside by a speeding motorcyclist.
  3. Under the influence of the drug speed; high on amphetamines.
    • 2010, Patti Smith, Just Kids, Ecco 2010, p. 112:
      Bob Dylan composed “Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands” on our floor, and a speeding Edie Sedgwick was said to have set her room on fire while gluing on her thick false eyelashes by candlelight.


  1. (countable) (Instance of) acceleration.
    • 1826, Roger North, The Lives of the Right Hon. Francis North, Baron Guilford; the Hon. Sir Dudley North; and the Hon. and Rev. Dr. John North
      […] a hearing, with a file of orders in the solicitor's bundle, as big as the common-prayer-book, for commissions, injunctions, publications, speedings, delayings, and other interlocutories; all dear ware to the client in every respect.
    • 1973, Oliver Sacks, Awakenings
      We have seen Parkinsonism as sudden starts and stops, as odd speedings and slowings.
  2. (uncountable) Driving faster than the legal speed limit.
    He was fined $100 for speeding.
  • French: excès de vitesse
  • German: Geschwindigkeitsüberschreitung
  • Italian: eccesso di velocità
  • Portuguese: excesso de velocidade
  • Russian: превыше́ние ско́рости

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