What does speed mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. speed, velocitynoun

    distance travelled per unit time

  2. speed, swiftness, fastnessnoun

    a rate (usually rapid) at which something happens

    "the project advanced with gratifying speed"

  3. speed, speeding, hurryingnoun

    changing location rapidly

  4. focal ratio, f number, stop number, speednoun

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

  5. amphetamine, pep pill, upper, speedverb

    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 itverb

    move fast

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

  7. accelerate, speed up, speed, quickenverb

    move faster

    "The car accelerated"

  8. travel rapidly, speed, hurry, zipverb

    move very fast

    "The runner zipped past us at breakneck speed"

  9. speedverb

    travel at an excessive or illegal velocity

    "I got a ticket for speeding"

  10. accelerate, speed, speed upverb

    cause to move faster

    "He accelerated the car"

Wiktionary

  1. speednoun

    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. speednoun

    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. speednoun

    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. speednoun

    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. speednoun

    luck, success, prosperity

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

  6. speedverb

    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. speedverb

    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. speedverb

    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. speedverb

    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. speedverb

    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. speedverb

    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. Speednoun

    prosperity in an undertaking; favorable issue; success

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

  2. Speednoun

    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. Speednoun

    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. Speednoun

    to go; to fare

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

  5. Speednoun

    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. Speednoun

    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. Speednoun

    to make haste; to move with celerity

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

  8. Speednoun

    to be expedient

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

  9. Speedverb

    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. Speedverb

    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. Speedverb

    to hasten to a conclusion; to expedite

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

  12. Speedverb

    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. Speedverb

    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. Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak:

    The government is planning to speed up on infrastructure projects for next year, especially for Bangkok rail.

  2. Chief Operations Officer Jan Brockmann:

    What we want to do is also to enable innovation and the speed of innovation.

  3. Zhang Gaoli:

    The downward pressure on China's economy increased somewhat since the start of this year, it's impossible and unnecessary for us to maintain the high-speed growth seen in the past.

  4. Keanu Reeves:

    Well, I decided not to be in that, i loved working with Jan de Bont and Sandra, of course. It was just a situation in life where I got the script and I read the script and I was like, 'Ugh.' It was about a cruise ship, and I was thinking, 'A bus, a cruise ship… Speed, bus, but then a cruise ship is even slower than a bus, and I was like, 'I love you guys, but I just can't do it.'.

  5. Elon Musk:

    Over time, I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence, it’s mostly about the bandwidth, the speed of the connection between your brain and the digital version of yourself, particularly output.

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