What does speed mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. speed, velocity(noun)

    distance travelled per unit time

  2. speed, swiftness, fastness(noun)

    a rate (usually rapid) at which something happens

    "the project advanced with gratifying speed"

  3. speed, speeding, hurrying(noun)

    changing location rapidly

  4. focal ratio, f number, stop number, speed(noun)

    the ratio of the focal length to the diameter of a (camera) lens system

  5. amphetamine, pep pill, upper, speed(verb)

    a central nervous system stimulant that increases energy and decreases appetite; used to treat narcolepsy and some forms of depression

  6. rush, hotfoot, hasten, hie, speed, race, pelt along, rush along, cannonball along, bucket along, belt along, step on it(verb)

    move fast

    "He rushed down the hall to receive his guests"; "The cars raced down the street"

  7. accelerate, speed up, speed, quicken(verb)

    move faster

    "The car accelerated"

  8. travel rapidly, speed, hurry, zip(verb)

    move very fast

    "The runner zipped past us at breakneck speed"

  9. speed(verb)

    travel at an excessive or illegal velocity

    "I got a ticket for speeding"

  10. accelerate, speed, speed up(verb)

    cause to move faster

    "He accelerated the car"

Wiktionary

  1. speed(Noun)

    the state of moving quickly or the capacity for rapid motion; rapidity

    Etymology: From spede, from sped, from spōdiz, from spōanan, from spē-/spʰē-. Cognate with spoed, sputen, spowan and Albanian shpejt.

  2. speed(Noun)

    the rate of motion or action, specifically / the magnitude of the velocity; the rate distance is traversed in a given time

    Etymology: From spede, from sped, from spōdiz, from spōanan, from spē-/spʰē-. Cognate with spoed, sputen, spowan and Albanian shpejt.

  3. speed(Noun)

    the sensitivity to light of film, plates.

    Etymology: From spede, from sped, from spōdiz, from spōanan, from spē-/spʰē-. Cognate with spoed, sputen, spowan and Albanian shpejt.

  4. speed(Noun)

    any amphetamine drug used as a stimulant, especially illegally, especially methamphetamine

    Etymology: From spede, from sped, from spōdiz, from spōanan, from spē-/spʰē-. Cognate with spoed, sputen, spowan and Albanian shpejt.

  5. speed(Noun)

    luck, success, prosperity

    Etymology: From spede, from sped, from spōdiz, from spōanan, from spē-/spʰē-. Cognate with spoed, sputen, spowan and Albanian shpejt.

  6. speed(Verb)

    To succeed; to prosper, be lucky.

    Etymology: From spede, from sped, from spōdiz, from spōanan, from spē-/spʰē-. Cognate with spoed, sputen, spowan and Albanian shpejt.

  7. speed(Verb)

    To help someone, to give them fortune.

    God speed, until we meet again.

    Etymology: From spede, from sped, from spōdiz, from spōanan, from spē-/spʰē-. Cognate with spoed, sputen, spowan and Albanian shpejt.

  8. speed(Verb)

    To go fast, especially excessively fast.

    The Ferrari was speeding along the road.

    Etymology: From spede, from sped, from spōdiz, from spōanan, from spē-/spʰē-. Cognate with spoed, sputen, spowan and Albanian shpejt.

  9. speed(Verb)

    To exceed the speed limit.

    Why do you speed when the road is so icy?

    Etymology: From spede, from sped, from spōdiz, from spōanan, from spē-/spʰē-. Cognate with spoed, sputen, spowan and Albanian shpejt.

  10. speed(Verb)

    To increase the rate at which something occurs

    Etymology: From spede, from sped, from spōdiz, from spōanan, from spē-/spʰē-. Cognate with spoed, sputen, spowan and Albanian shpejt.

  11. speed(Verb)

    To be under the influence of stimulant drugs, especially amphetamines.

    Etymology: From spede, from sped, from spōdiz, from spōanan, from spē-/spʰē-. Cognate with spoed, sputen, spowan and Albanian shpejt.

Wikipedia

  1. Speed

    In everyday use and in kinematics, the speed of an object is the magnitude of the change of its position; it is thus a scalar quantity. The average speed of an object in an interval of time is the distance travelled by the object divided by the duration of the interval; the instantaneous speed is the limit of the average speed as the duration of the time interval approaches zero. Speed has the dimensions of distance divided by time. The SI unit of speed is the metre per second, but the most common unit of speed in everyday usage is the kilometre per hour or, in the US and the UK, miles per hour. For air and marine travel the knot is commonly used. The fastest possible speed at which energy or information can travel, according to special relativity, is the speed of light in a vacuum c = 299792458 metres per second (approximately 1079000000 km/h or 671000000 mph). Matter cannot quite reach the speed of light, as this would require an infinite amount of energy. In relativity physics, the concept of rapidity replaces the classical idea of speed.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Speed(noun)

    prosperity in an undertaking; favorable issue; success

    Etymology: [AS. spdan, fr. spd, n.; akin to D. spoeden, G. sich sputen. See Speed, n.]

  2. Speed(noun)

    the act or state of moving swiftly; swiftness; velocity; rapidly; rate of motion; dispatch; as, the speed a horse or a vessel

    Etymology: [AS. spdan, fr. spd, n.; akin to D. spoeden, G. sich sputen. See Speed, n.]

  3. Speed(noun)

    one who, or that which, causes or promotes speed or success

    Etymology: [AS. spdan, fr. spd, n.; akin to D. spoeden, G. sich sputen. See Speed, n.]

  4. Speed(noun)

    to go; to fare

    Etymology: [AS. spdan, fr. spd, n.; akin to D. spoeden, G. sich sputen. See Speed, n.]

  5. Speed(noun)

    to experience in going; to have any condition, good or ill; to fare

    Etymology: [AS. spdan, fr. spd, n.; akin to D. spoeden, G. sich sputen. See Speed, n.]

  6. Speed(noun)

    to fare well; to have success; to prosper

    Etymology: [AS. spdan, fr. spd, n.; akin to D. spoeden, G. sich sputen. See Speed, n.]

  7. Speed(noun)

    to make haste; to move with celerity

    Etymology: [AS. spdan, fr. spd, n.; akin to D. spoeden, G. sich sputen. See Speed, n.]

  8. Speed(noun)

    to be expedient

    Etymology: [AS. spdan, fr. spd, n.; akin to D. spoeden, G. sich sputen. See Speed, n.]

  9. Speed(verb)

    to cause to be successful, or to prosper; hence, to aid; to favor

    Etymology: [AS. spdan, fr. spd, n.; akin to D. spoeden, G. sich sputen. See Speed, n.]

  10. Speed(verb)

    to cause to make haste; to dispatch with celerity; to drive at full speed; hence, to hasten; to hurry

    Etymology: [AS. spdan, fr. spd, n.; akin to D. spoeden, G. sich sputen. See Speed, n.]

  11. Speed(verb)

    to hasten to a conclusion; to expedite

    Etymology: [AS. spdan, fr. spd, n.; akin to D. spoeden, G. sich sputen. See Speed, n.]

  12. Speed(verb)

    to hurry to destruction; to put an end to; to ruin; to undo

    Etymology: [AS. spdan, fr. spd, n.; akin to D. spoeden, G. sich sputen. See Speed, n.]

  13. Speed(verb)

    to wish success or god fortune to, in any undertaking, especially in setting out upon a journey

    Etymology: [AS. spdan, fr. spd, n.; akin to D. spoeden, G. sich sputen. See Speed, n.]

Freebase

  1. Speed

    In kinematics, the speed of an object is the magnitude of its velocity; it is thus a scalar quantity. The average speed of an object in an interval of time is the distance travelled by the object divided by the duration of the interval; the instantaneous speed is the limit of the average speed as the duration of the time interval approaches zero. Like velocity, speed has the dimensions of a length divided by a time; the SI unit of speed is the metre per second, but the most usual unit of speed in everyday usage is the kilometre per hour or, in the USA and the UK, miles per hour. For air and marine travel the knot is commonly used. The fastest possible speed at which energy or information can travel, according to special relativity, is the speed of light in a vacuum c = 299,792,458 metres per second, approximately 1079 million kilometres per hour. Matter cannot quite reach the speed of light, as this would require an infinite amount of energy. In relativity physics, the concept of rapidity replaces the classical idea of speed.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Speed

    spēd, n. quickness, velocity: success.—v.i. to move quickly, to hurry: to succeed, to fare.—v.t. to despatch quickly: to hasten, as to a conclusion: to cause to advance, to push forward: to give a certain speed to, regulate the speed of: to send off, to put forth, to rid of, to kill: to cause to be relieved (only in passive): to execute: to aid: to make prosperous:—pr.p. speed′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. sped.—n. Speed′er, one who, or that which, promotes speed.—adj. Speed′ful, speedy.—advs. Speed′fully; Speed′ily.—ns. Speed′iness, speed, haste; Speed′-pull′ey, a pulley having different faces of different diameters giving various speeds according to the face the belt passes over; Speed′well (Veronica), a genus of plants of the natural order Scrophulariaceæ, with blue, white, or pink flowers, the leaves of some species used medicinally.—adj. Speed′y, hasty: quick: nimble. [A.S. spéd; Dut. spœd.]

Editors Contribution

  1. speed

    A measure of motion.

    Speed is important in life, we must drive our car near the speed limit on the road.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 27, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'speed' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1525

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'speed' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1450

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'speed' in Nouns Frequency: #604

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'speed' in Verbs Frequency: #785

Anagrams for speed »

  1. deeps, pedes, spede

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of speed in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of speed in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of speed in a Sentence

  1. Helen Yang:

    Our speed should be faster than the transmission of the virus instead of competing with others. We like everyone to be successful then there will be enough supply to protect people.

  2. Jason Seaman:

    I’ve told them I ’m on speed dial so if they want to give me a call I ’ll be down there as fast as I can, but Ella Whistler’s so incredible. Ella Whistler’s just powering through it, being awesome.

  3. Josh Dinneen:

    Speed is continuing to be the driving force and what everyone wants is fast and free shipping.

  4. Margrethe Vestager:

    Without sufficient remedies, this merger would have resulted in higher prices for the signaling systems that keep passengers safe and for the next generations of very high-speed trains.

  5. Joey Wat:

    In China, the bulk of the catering industry is still Chinese food, and we've seen that hotpot is the category growing with highest speed in recent years.

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