speed Definition

  • 1the rate at which someone or something moves or operates or is able to move or operate
  • 2rapidity of movement or action

Using speed: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "speed" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The car was traveling at a high speed.

  • Example

    He completed the task with great speed.

  • Example

    The internet speed is too slow today.

  • Example

    She ran with all her speed to catch the train.

speed Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for speed

Idioms Using speed

  • up to speed

    fully informed or up-to-date about something


    After reading the report, I was up to speed on the latest developments.

  • a person who drives very fast and recklessly


    He's a real speed demon behind the wheel.

  • as quickly as possible


    We need to get this done with all speed.

Phrases with speed

  • as fast as possible


    The train was moving at full speed.

  • speed up

    to increase the speed or rate of something


    We need to speed up the production process.

  • the maximum speed at which a vehicle is legally permitted to travel on a particular road or in a particular area


    The speed limit on this highway is 70 miles per hour.

Origins of speed

from Old English 'spēd'


Summary: speed in Brief

The term 'speed' [spiːd] refers to the rate at which someone or something moves or operates. It can denote swiftness in physical movement, as in 'She ran with all her speed to catch the train,' or in task completion, as in 'He completed the task with great speed.' 'Speed' also extends into phrases like 'speed limit,' and idioms like 'up to speed,' denoting being fully informed or up-to-date.

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