from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To read (a book, newspaper, or magazine, for example) by means of speed-reading.
  • intransitive v. To practice or engage in speed-reading.


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  • Math-loving traders are using powerful computers to speed-read news reports, editorials, company Web sites, blog posts and even Twitter messages - and then letting the machines decide what it all means for the markets.

    Mary Bottari: Booya! Latest Wall Street Innovation -- Twitter Trading

  • Having had the fortune to enjoy the occupational opportunity to speed-read or rifle through thousands of books, it is the seemingly banal ones I would never have considered purchasing that make me envious of Oppenheimer when a telling fact or anecdote taunts you from just beyond the grasp of memory.

    Confessions of a sporting bibliophile | Rob Bagchi

  • - Okay, I was a little surprised at the speed-read seminar assignment but I took a dive into the books nonetheless and was immediately and completely appalled by every single notion in those tomes, all of which you can boil down to this: People have no idea what they want.

    Saving the economy one breakfast sandwich at a time

  • I'll have to speed-read to work in all of these titles in the next three weeks, after I finish Laura Lippman's new mystery, Life Sentences.

    The Holds Rush In

  • Intelligent, with an impressive memory, he would speed-read down the page, filing away information for later use.

    The Return

  • He slept five hours or less a night, could speed-read at least three books a week—mostly on military history and politics but also Shakespeare plays his favorites—and filled notebooks with lines he wanted to remember.

    Wild Bill Donovan

  • A computer speed-read the addresses, and the machine sprayed on their bar codes.

    Poor Penmanship Spells Job Security for Post Office's Scribble Specialists

  • I feel the truth of Nicholas Carr's argument in The Shallows: How The Internet Is Changing The Way We Think, Read And Remember that "the linear, literary mind" is under assault from the web's encouragement to scan, speed-read and click.

    Lucy Mangan: Hi-tech or lowbrow?

  • In the century and a quarter since he wrote, we have seen the world fall in love with speed in all its guises, including reading — part of President John F. Kennedy's legend was his ability to speed-read through four or five newspapers every morning.

    Slow Notion

  • Logging on, I went to the New England Journal of Medicine, called up an article, and speed-read.

    Spider Bones


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