What does rabid mean?

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ˈræb ɪdra·bid

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rabidadjective

    of or infected by rabies

  2. fanatic, fanatical, overzealous, rabidadjective

    marked by excessive enthusiasm for and intense devotion to a cause or idea

    "rabid isolationist"


  1. rabidadjective

    Affected with rabies.

    a rabid dog or fox

  2. rabidadjective

    Of or pertaining to rabies, or hydrophobia.

    a rabid virus

  3. rabidadjective

    Furious; raging; extremely violent.

  4. rabidadjective

    very extreme, unreasonable, or fanatical in opinion; excessively zealous; comparable to one with rabies.

  5. Etymology: From the Latin rabidus, from rabere, or to rave.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Rabidadjective

    Fierce; furious; mad.

    Etymology: rabidus, Lat.


  1. Rabid

    Rabies is a viral disease that causes encephalitis in humans and other mammals. Early symptoms can include fever and tingling at the site of exposure. These symptoms are followed by one or more of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, violent movements, uncontrolled excitement, fear of water, an inability to move parts of the body, confusion, and loss of consciousness. Once symptoms appear, the result is virtually always death, regardless of treatment. The time period between contracting the disease and the start of symptoms is usually one to three months but can vary from less than one week to more than one year. The time depends on the distance the virus must travel along peripheral nerves to reach the central nervous system.Rabies is caused by lyssaviruses, including the rabies virus and Australian bat lyssavirus. It is spread when an infected animal bites or scratches a human or other animals. Saliva from an infected animal can also transmit rabies if the saliva comes into contact with the eyes, mouth, or nose. Globally, dogs are the most common animal involved. In countries where dogs commonly have the disease, more than 99% of rabies cases are the direct result of dog bites. In the Americas, bat bites are the most common source of rabies infections in humans, and less than 5% of cases are from dogs. Rodents are very rarely infected with rabies. The disease can be diagnosed only after the start of symptoms.Animal control and vaccination programs have decreased the risk of rabies from dogs in a number of regions of the world. Immunizing people before they are exposed is recommended for those at high risk, including those who work with bats or who spend prolonged periods in areas of the world where rabies is common. In people who have been exposed to rabies, the rabies vaccine and sometimes rabies immunoglobulin are effective in preventing the disease if the person receives the treatment before the start of rabies symptoms. Washing bites and scratches for 15 minutes with soap and water, povidone-iodine, or detergent may reduce the number of viral particles and may be somewhat effective at preventing transmission. As of 2016, only fourteen people were documented to have survived a rabies infection after showing symptoms. However, research conducted in 2010 among a population of people in Perú with a self-reported history of one or more bites from vampire bats (commonly infected with rabies), found that out of 73 individuals reporting previous bat bites, 7 people had rabies virus-neutralizing antibodies (rVNA). Since only one member of this group reported prior vaccination for rabies, the findings of the research suggest previously undocumented cases of infection and viral replication followed by an abortive infection. This could indicate that in rare cases people may have an exposure to the virus without treatment and develop natural antibodies as a result. Rabies causes about 59,000 deaths worldwide per year, about 40% of which are in children under the age of 15. More than 95% of human deaths from rabies occur in Africa and Asia.Rabies is present in more than 150 countries and on all continents but Antarctica. More than 3 billion people live in regions of the world where rabies occurs. A number of countries, including Australia and Japan, as well as much of Western Europe, do not have rabies among dogs. Many Pacific islands do not have rabies at all. It is classified as a neglected tropical disease.


  1. rabid

    Rabid is generally used as an adjective in two different contexts; one relating to disease and the other relating to behavior or emotions. 1) Infected with or suffering from rabies, a lethal viral disease that can affect all mammals, characterized by aggressive behavior, fear of water, hallucinations, and paralysis. 2) Having or proceeding from an extreme or fanatical support of or belief in something. This could include strong enthusiasm, ardour, or zeal marked by a furious or uncontrollable intent or desire.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rabidnoun

    furious; raging; extremely violent

  2. Rabidnoun

    extreme, unreasonable, or fanatical in opinion; excessively zealous; as, a rabid socialist

  3. Rabidnoun

    affected with the distemper called rabies; mad; as, a rabid dog or fox

  4. Rabidnoun

    of or pertaining to rabies, or hydrophobia; as, rabid virus

  5. Etymology: [L. rabidus, from rabere to rave. See Rage, n.]


  1. Rabid

    Rabid is a 1977 Canadian horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg. It features Marilyn Chambers in the lead role, supported by Frank Moore, Howard Ryshpan, Joe Silver and Robert A. Silverman. Chambers plays a woman who, after being injured in a motorcycle accident and undergoing a surgical operation, develops an orifice under one of her armpits. The orifice hides a phallic stinger that she uses to feed on people's blood. Those she feeds upon become rabid zombies, whose bite spreads the disease. The film has had mostly mixed reviews and received a rating of 61% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rabid

    rab′id, adj. furious: mad: affected with rabies, as a dog: foolishly intense.—adj. Rab′ic, pertaining to rabies.—adv. Rab′idly.—ns. Rab′idness; Rā′bies, the disease (esp. of dogs) from which hydrophobia is communicated: canine madness.—adjs. Rābiet′ic, resembling madness; Rābif′ic, communicating hydrophobia; Rā′bious, raging. [L. rabidusrabĕre, to rave.]

Anagrams for rabid »

  1. braid

  2. bidar

  3. barid

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rabid in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rabid in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of rabid in a Sentence

  1. Pamela Lee:

    How does one negotiate Piece with rabid dogs?

  2. Bonnie Henry:

    There is no evidence that I am aware of that shows Lyssin has any therapeutic benefit, more importantly, I am concerned that if a product did actually contain what is suggested, saliva from a rabid dog, that would put the patient at risk of contracting rabies, a serious, fatal illness.

  3. Ben Carson:

    If there's a rabid dog running around in your neighborhood, you're probably not going to assume something good about that dog, and you're probably going to put your children out of the way. That doesn't mean that you hate all dogs.

  4. Stephanie Grisham:

    Melania Trump has always been a strong and independent woman who puts Melania Trump family, and certainly her health above all else, and that won't change over a rabid press corps, melania Trump's confident in what Melania Trump is doing and in Melania Trump role, and knows the rest is just speculation and nonsense.

  5. Charles de LEUSSE:

    But the dog who is rabid is not by bowl attracted. (Mais le chien qui est enragé n'est par gamelle attiré)

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