Definitions

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  • v. To exceed in speed or velocity; outstrip.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To excel in speed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To surpass in speed or velocity; outstrip.

Etymologies

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From out- +‎ speed.

Examples

  • The Phliasians escorted their retreating foes a little way up the steep, and then turning off dashed along the road beside the walls, making for the Pellenians and those with them; whereupon the Theban, perceiving the haste of the Phliasians, began racing with his infantry to outspeed them and bring succour to the Pellenians.

    Hellenica

  • She — to whom the heart was such vieux jeu; who had learned, as she thought, to control or outspeed emotions!

    Swan Song

  • Thus might they outspeed the tales of their coming, surprising the demons and their human servants.

    Conan and The Mists of Door

  • This time their load was hardly worth calling one so far as weight was concerned, and four of the boys piled in, to row the boats across, nearly capsizing the whole arrangement in their efforts to outspeed each other.

    Boy Scouts of the Air on Lost Island

  • Thy barb, whose hoofs outspeed the tempest's flight, 5

    From the Arabic

  • He was confident that he could outspeed her, and his dive, far and flat, entered him in the water twenty feet beyond her entrance.

    The Little Lady of the Big House, by Jack London

  • The stream runneth fast, but my will shall outspeed it.

    A West-Country Lover

  • There was no crime black enough, no desertion, no cruelty horrible enough to outspeed her pity.

    Fortitude

  • He ordered all press of sail, and with the winds whistling through the rigging and the little ship straining to the smashing seas, did his best to outspeed disease, sighting the long line of surf-washed Aleutian Islands in September, coasting from headland to headland, keeping well offshore for fear of reefs till the end of the month, when compelled to turn in to the mid-bay of Oonalaska for water.

    Vikings of the Pacific The Adventures of the Explorers who Came from the West, Eastward

  • "Then," said Captain Calvin Tabor with altogether too much of freedom as I judged, "in case you be brought to account for the work upon the Sabbath, 'The Golden Horn' hath wings for such a wind as prevails to-day as will outspeed all pursuers, even should they borrow wings of the cherubim in the churchyard."

    The Heart's Highway: A Romance of Virginia in the Seventeenth Century

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