speed - definition and synonyms


Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 audio

  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the rate at which someone or something moves
    speed of:

    The device measures the speed and direction of the wind.

    top speed (=the fastest that something can travel):

    The new model has a top speed of 125 miles per hour.

    pick up/gather speed (=go faster):

    The hurricane has picked up speed and turned towards the coast.

    1. a.
      the rate at which a machine works

      a printing speed of 6 pages per minute

    2. b.
      the rate at which something happens

      They were working with incredible speed.

  2. 2
    movement that is very fast

    The main advantage of this bike is its speed.

    at speed (=very fast):

    The car drove off at speed.

  3. 4
    [countable] the time that it takes for a camera’s shutter to open and close to allow light in

    shutter speed

  4. 5
    [uncountable] informal an illegal drug that makes people feel as if they have a lot of energy
See also