celerity


celerity
a) Speed.

"disposing of the parsnip wine with a celerity which might have been due to eagerness but, to Harriett, rather suggested a reluctance to let the draught linger on the palate." —

b) The speed of individual waves (as opposed to the speed of groups of waves).

"The phantoms, for so they then seemed, were flitting on the other side of the deck, and, with a noiseless celerity, were casting loose the tackles and bands of the boat which swung there." — , chapter 48


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  • Celerity — Ce*ler i*ty, n. [L. celeritas, from celer swiftm speedy: sf. F. c[ e]l[ e]rit[ e].] Rapidity of motion; quickness; swiftness. [1913 Webster] Time, with all its celerity, moves slowly to him whose whole employment is to watch its flight. Johnson.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • celerity — index dispatch (promptness), haste Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • celerity — late 15c., from M.Fr. célérité (14c.), from L. celeritatem (nom. celeritas) swiftness, from celer swift, from possible PIE root *kel to drive, set in swift motion (Cf. Skt. carati goes, Gk. keles fast horse or ship, keleuthos journey, road, Lith …   Etymology dictionary

  • celerity — [n] swiftness alacrity, briskness, dispatch, expedition, expeditiousness, fleetness, gait, haste, hurry, hustle, legerity, promptness, quickness, rapidity, speed, speediness, swiftness, velocity, vivacity; concept 755 Ant. slowness, sluggishness …   New thesaurus

  • celerity — ► NOUN archaic or literary ▪ swiftness of movement. ORIGIN Latin celeritas, from celer swift …   English terms dictionary

  • celerity — [sə ler′i tē] n. [Fr célérité < L celeritas < celer, swift: see HOLD1] swiftness in acting or moving; speed …   English World dictionary

  • celerity — noun Etymology: Middle English celerite, from Anglo French, from Latin celeritat , celeritas, from celer swift more at hold Date: 15th century rapidity of motion or action …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • celerity — /seuh ler i tee/, n. swiftness; speed. [1480 90; earlier celerite < MF < L celeritas, equiv. to celer swift + itas ITY] Syn. alacrity, dispatch, briskness. See speed. * * * …   Universalium


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