from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Swiftness of action or motion; speed. See Synonyms at haste.
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- n. Speed.
- n. The speed of individual waves (as opposed to the speed of groups of waves).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Rapidity of motion; quickness; swiftness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Rapidity of motion; swiftness; quickness; speed.
- n. Velocity, Swiftness, etc. See quickness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a rate that is rapid
Second, he used the word celerity in conversation.
Upon the left, Brigadier Wilson, with Her Majesty's 53rd and the 30th Native Infantry equalled in celerity and regularity their comrades on the right; and this brigade was opposed to the 'Aieen' troops, called Avitabile's, when the fight was fiercely raging.
I recall the celerity with which he used to kick them off at sundown.
It's good that the hits on McCain are substantive and fact based, rather then simply making character assertions like McCain's "celerity" ads, these bring factual evidence to the table.
And "there is no doubt," therefore, "that his exaggerated boldness and 'celerity' in decision making contributed to the American plunge into what General Omar Bradley was later to call 'frankly a great military disaster' and 'the wrong war, in the wrong place, at the wrong time, with the wrong enemy."'
Celer rushed away from Rome, fearing vengeance, and did not rest until he had reached the limits of Etruria, and that his name became the synonym for quickness, so that men swift of foot were called _Celeres_ by the Romans, just as we still speak of "celerity," meaning rapidity of motion.
The newly-married woman attends to the personal belongings of her happy possessor with the celerity which is taught in classes for "First Aid to the Injured."
Gerald Muspratt, a coffee planter, whose estate was situate some twelve miles distant, in the adjoining county of Victoria; and, the acquaintance ripening over the after-dinner coffee, with that breathless celerity which is one of the most charming characteristics of the
But the defenders have a way of massing upon each point thus attacked, and that with a celerity which is truly marvellous, and the result is the same.
Before we start on this long journey of one hundred and eighty miles, with the celerity which is unavoidable in modern travelling, it may be prudent to ascertain that our readers are still in company, and that we all start fairly together; otherwise, there is but little probability of our ever meeting again on the journey; -- so now to satisfy queries, remarks, and animadversions.
Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II. Or, The Rambles And Adventures Of Bob Tallyho, Esq., And His Cousin, The Hon. Tom Dashall, Through The Metropolis; Exhibiting A Living Picture Of Fashionable Characters, Manners, And Amusements In High And Low Life (1821)