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Raphia ruffia
Raphia taedigera
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rapid eye movement sleep
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Rapid definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

RAP'ID, a. [L. rapidus, from rapio, the primary sense of which is to rush.]
1. Very swift or quick; moving with celerity; as a rapid stream; a rapid flight; a rapid motion.
Part shun the goal with rapid wheels.
2. Advancing with haste or speed; speedy in progression; as rapid growth; rapid improvement.
3. Of quick utterance of words; as a rapid speaker.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: done or occurring in a brief period of time; "a rapid rise through the ranks"
2: characterized by speed; moving with or capable of moving with high speed; "a rapid movement"; "a speedy car"; "a speedy errand boy" [syn: rapid, speedy] n
1: a part of a river where the current is very fast

Merriam Webster's

I. adjective Etymology: Latin rapidus seizing, sweeping, rapid, from rapere to seize, sweep away; akin to Lithuanian apr?pti to embrace Date: 1634 marked by a fast rate of motion, activity, succession, or occurrence Synonyms: see fast rapidly adverb rapidness noun II. noun Date: 1765 a part of a river where the current is fast and the surface is usually broken by obstructions usually used in plural but sing. or plural in constr.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. & n. --adj. (rapider, rapidest) 1 quick, swift. 2 acting or completed in a short time. 3 (of a slope) descending steeply. 4 Photog. fast. --n. (usu. in pl.) a steep descent in a river-bed, with a swift current. Phrases and idioms: rapid eye-movement a type of jerky movement of the eyes during periods of dreaming. rapid-fire (attrib.) fired, asked, etc., in quick succession. rapid transit (attrib.) denoting high-speed urban transport of passengers. Derivatives: rapidity n. rapidly adv. rapidness n. Etymology: L rapidus f. rapere seize

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Rapid Rap"id, a. [L. rapidus, fr. rapere to seize and carry off, to snatch or hurry away; perhaps akin to Gr. ?; cf. F. rapide. Cf. Harpy, Ravish.] 1. Very swift or quick; moving with celerity; fast; as, a rapid stream; a rapid flight; a rapid motion. Ascend my chariot; guide the rapid wheels. --Milton. 2. Advancing with haste or speed; speedy in progression; in quick sequence; as, rapid growth; rapid improvement; rapid recurrence; rapid succession. 3. Quick in execution; as, a rapid penman.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Rapid Rap"id, n. [Cf. F. rapide. See Rapid, a.] The part of a river where the current moves with great swiftness, but without actual waterfall or cascade; -- usually in the plural; as, the Lachine rapids in the St. Lawrence.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. A rapid change is one that happens very quickly. ...the country's rapid economic growth in the 1980's... ...the rapid decline in the birth rate in Western Europe. ADJ: usu ADJ n rapidly ...countries with rapidly growing populations... = fast ADV: usu ADV with v, also ADV adj rapidity ...the rapidity with which the weather can change. = speed N-UNCOUNT 2. A rapid movement is one that is very fast. He walked at a rapid pace along Charles Street. ...whether the Tunnel will provide more rapid car transport than ferries... ADJ: usu ADJ n rapidly He was moving rapidly around the room... = quickly ADV: ADV with v rapidity The water rushed through the holes with great rapidity. = speed

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Swift, quick, fleet, fast. 2. Speedy, fast, hasty, quick. 3. Brisk, hasty, hurried, expeditious, quick.

Moby Thesaurus

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