adj. rap·id·er, rap·id·est
Moving, acting, or occurring with great speed. See Synonyms at fast1.
n. often rapids
An extremely fast-moving part of a river, caused by a steep descent in the riverbed.
[Latin rapidus, from rapere, to seize; see rep- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
ra·pidi·ty (rə-pĭdĭ-tē), rapid·ness (răpĭd-nĕs) n.
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