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As a proper noun speed

is .

As a noun too is




Etymology 1

From (etyl) .


(en noun)
  • the state of moving quickly or the capacity for rapid motion; rapidity
  • How does Usain Bolt run at that speed ?
  • the rate of motion or action, specifically (mathematics)/(physics) the magnitude of the velocity; the rate distance is traversed in a given time
  • (photography) the sensitivity to light of film, plates or sensor.
  • (photography) the duration of exposure, the time during which a camera shutter is open.
  • (photography) the largest size of the lens opening at which a lens can be used.
  • (photography) the ratio of the focal length to the diameter of a photographic objective.
  • (slang) any amphetamine drug used as a stimulant, especially illegally, especially methamphetamine
  • (archaic) luck, success, prosperity
  • * Bible, Genesis xxiv. 12
  • O Lord God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day.
    * velocity
    Derived terms
    * lightspeed * speed bump * speed chess * speed camera * speed dating * speed demon * speed dial * speed freak * speedful * speed hump * speed limit * speed of light * speed of sound * speedometer * speed queen * speedread * speedrun * speed skating * speedway * speedy
    See also
    Units for measuring speed : metres/meters per second, , [[ft/sec and fps, miles per hour, mph ; mach (aeronautical)

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) speden, from (etyl) .


  • To succeed; to prosper, be lucky.
  • *:
  • *:And yf I maye fynde suche a knyghte that hath all these vertues / he may drawe oute this swerd oute of the shethe / for I haue ben at kyng Ryons / it was told me ther were passyng good knyghtes / and he and alle his knyghtes haue assayed it and none can spede
  • *, I.2.4.vii:
  • Aristotle must find out the motion of Euripus; Pliny must needs see Vesuvius; but how sped they? One loseth goods, another his life.
  • *18thc. , (Oliver Goldsmith), Introductory to Switzerland
  • *:At night returning, every labor sped , / He sits him down the monarch of a shed: / Smiles by his cheerful fire, and round surveys, / His children’s looks, that brighten at the blaze;
  • To help someone, to give them fortune; to aid or favour.
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  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:Fortune speed us!
  • *(John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • *:with rising gales that speed their happy flight
  • (label) To go fast.
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  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:I have speeded hither with the very extremest inch of possibility.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=10 citation , passage=With a little manœuvring they contrived to meet on the doorstep which was […] in a boiling stream of passers-by, hurrying business people speeding past in a flurry of fumes and dust in the bright haze.}}
  • (label) To exceed the speed limit.
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  • (label) To increase the rate at which something occurs.
  • *1982 , Carole Offir & Carole Wade, Human sexuality, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, p.454:
  • *:It is possible that the uterine contractions speed the sperm along.
  • *2004 , James M. Cypher & James L. Dietz, The process of economic development, Routledge, p.359:
  • *:Such interventions can help to speed the process of reducing CBRs and help countries pass through the demographic transition threshold more quickly.
  • To be under the influence of stimulant drugs, especially amphetamines.
  • (label) To be expedient.
  • :
  • (label) To hurry to destruction; to put an end to; to ruin.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:sped with spavins
  • *(Alexander Pope) (1688-1744)
  • *:A dire dilemma! either way I'm sped . / If foes, they write, if friends, they read, me dead.
  • (label) To wish success or good fortune to, in any undertaking, especially in setting out upon a journey.
  • *(Alexander Pope) (1688-1744)
  • *:Welcome the coming, speed the parting guest.
  • To cause to make haste; to dispatch with celerity; to drive at full speed; hence, to hasten; to hurry.
  • *(Edward Fairfax) (c.1580-1635)
  • *:He sped him thence home to his habitation.
  • To hasten to a conclusion; to expedite.
  • *(John Ayliffe) (1676-1732)
  • *:Judicial actsare sped in open court at the instance of one or both of the parties.
  • Usage notes
    * The Cambridge Guide to English Usage'' indicates that ''sped'' is for objects in motion ''(the race car sped)'' while ''speeded is used for activities or processes, but notes that the British English convention does not hold in American English. * Garner's Modern American Usage'' (2009) indicates that ''speeded'' is incorrect, except in the phrasal verb, (speed up). Most American usage of ''speeded conforms to this. * Sped'' is about six times more common in American English (COCA) than ''speeded''. ''Sped is twice as common in UK English (BNC).
    Derived terms
    * speed up




  • (lb) Likewise.
  • *, chapter=16
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=The preposterous altruism too !
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-26, author=(Leo Hickman)
  • , volume=189, issue=7, page=26, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= How algorithms rule the world , passage=The use of algorithms in policing is one example of their increasing influence on our lives. And, as their ubiquity spreads, so too does the debate around whether we should allow ourselves to become so reliant on them – and who, if anyone, is policing their use.}}
  • (lb) Also; in addition.
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  • *:They burned the old gun that used to stand in the dark corner up in the garret, close to the stuffed fox that always grinned so fiercely. Perhaps the reason why he seemed in such a ghastly rage was that he did not come by his death fairly. Otherwise his pelt would not have been so perfect. And why else was he put away up there out of sight?—and so magnificent a brush as he had too .
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-19, author=(Timothy Garton Ash)
  • , volume=189, issue=6, page=18, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Where Dr Pangloss meets Machiavelli , passage=Hidden behind thickets of acronyms and gorse bushes of detail, a new great game is under way across the globe. Some call it geoeconomics, but it's geopolitics too . The current power play consists of an extraordinary range of countries simultaneously sitting down to negotiate big free trade and investment agreements.}}
  • (lb) To an excessive degree; over; more than enough.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-03, volume=408, issue=8847, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Yesterday’s fuel , passage=The dawn of the oil age was fairly recent. Although the stuff was used to waterproof boats in the Middle East 6,000 years ago, extracting it in earnest began only in 1859 after an oil strike in Pennsylvania.
  • To a high degree, very.
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  • Used to contradict a negative assertion.
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  • Usage notes

    * When used in their senses as degree adverbs, very'' and ''too'' never modify verbs; ''very much'' and ''too much do instead. * It is unusual but not unheard of for too in its senses of "likewise" or "also" to begin a sentence; when it does, though, it is invariably followed by a comma.


    * as well, along with * excessively, extremely, overmuch, unnecessarily

    See also

    * too too