Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality of being speedy; quickness; celerity; haste; despatch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being speedy.

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  • noun The property of being fast; swiftness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a rate that is rapid

Etymologies

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From Middle English spedines, from Old English spēdiġnes ("opulence, wealth"), equivalent to speedy +‎ -ness.

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