- adj. 迅速的，急促的；飞快的；险峻的
- n. 急流；高速交通工具，高速交通网
CET4 TEM4 考 研 CET6
来自拉丁语 rapere,抓住，抓取，词源同 rob,rip,rapid.引申词义快速的。
- rapid:  Like rape and rapture, rapid comes ultimately from Latin rapere ‘seize by force’. From this was derived the adjective rapidus, which originally denoted ‘carrying off by force’. The notion of ‘swiftness’ soon became incorporated into the meaning, however, and although the Latin adjective retained its original connotations of violence (it suggested ‘impetuous speed’ or ‘haste’), by the time it reached English it had simply become synonymous with ‘quick’.
- rapid (adj.)
- 1630s, "moving quickly," from French rapide (17c.) and directly from Latin rapidus "hasty, swift, rapid; snatching; fierce, impetuous," from rapere "hurry away, carry off, seize, plunder," from PIE root *rep- "to snatch" (cognates: Greek ereptomai "devour," harpazein "snatch away," Lithuanian raples "tongs"). Meaning "happening in a short time" is from 1780. Related: Rapidly; rapidness. Rapid-transit first attested 1852, in reference to street railways; rapid eye movement is from 1906.
- 1. The company made a rapid-fire series of settlements with 25 States.
- 2. Two rapid transit trains collided early this morning in Boston.
- 3. Leonard made a rapid calculation: he'd never make it in time.
- 4. The metamorphosis from anxious wife to feted author was rapid and dramatic.
- 5. Police pulled him over doing 120km/h, making rapid changes and tailgating.
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