Speed meaning

spēd
Speed is a way of measuring how quickly something is moving or being done, or something moving fast.

An example of speed is a car being driven 45 miles per hour.

An example of speed is someone cleaning a room in 10 minutes.

An example of speed is how quickly a jaguar runs.

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Speed is defined as to help someone or something along, or move too quickly.

An example of speed is a restaurant hostess putting regular customers at the top of a table waiting list.

An example of speed is driving 80 mph in a 50 mph zone.

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Speed is a slang term for the street drug methamphetamine.

An example of speed is a drug that increases energy, heart rate and makes it very difficult to eat or sleep.

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To be under the influence of a stimulant drug.
verb
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To help to succeed or prosper; aid.
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To further, promote, or expedite (a legal action, for example).
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To cause to move or proceed quickly; hasten.

No wind to speed the boat.

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The act or state of moving rapidly; swiftness; quick motion.
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To move rapidly, esp. more rapidly than is safe or allowed by law.
verb
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To help (a project) to succeed; aid; promote.
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One's kind or level of taste, capability, etc.
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Of or having to do with speed.
adjective
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To wish Godspeed to.

To speed the parting guest.

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To cause or design (a machine, etc.) to operate at a certain speed or speeds.
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To cause to succeed or prosper.
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A stimulant drug, especially amphetamine or methamphetamine.
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The ratio of the distance traveled by an object (regardless of its direction) to the time required to travel that distance.
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The rate or a measure of the rate of motion, especially:
  • Distance traveled divided by the time of travel.
  • The limit of this quotient as the time of travel becomes vanishingly small; the first derivative of distance with respect to time.
  • The magnitude of a velocity.
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Luck; success; prosperity.

To wish someone good speed.

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Any of various amphetamine compounds, esp. methedrine.
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To send, convey, or cause to move, go, etc. swiftly.

To speed a letter on its way.

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A transmission gear or set of gears in a motor vehicle.

What speed is the car in now?

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One that suits or appeals to a person's inclinations, skills, or character.

Living in a large city is not my speed.

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To pass quickly.

The days sped by. The months have sped along.

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To increase the speed or rate of; accelerate. Often used with up:

Speed up a car; sped up production.

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A gear or arrangement of gears for the drive of an engine or bicycle.

A truck with five forward speeds.

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A surname​.
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Swiftness of action.

He wrote the first chapter with great speed.

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A stimulant drug, especially amphetamine or methamphetamine.
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To move, work, or happen at a faster rate; accelerate.

His pulse speeded up.

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Prosperity; luck.
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up to speed
  • Fully informed; conversant:.
    I'm not up to speed on these issues yet.
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at speed
  • Quickly; rapidly.
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speed up
  • To increase in speed; go or make go faster; accelerate.
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up to speed
  • Working or operating at full speed, maximum efficiency, etc.
  • Fully informed or having enough information.
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Origin of speed

  • Middle English spede from Old English spēd success, swiftness spē- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English sped (“good fortune”).
    From Wiktionary