AskDefine | Define celerity

Dictionary Definition

celerity n : a rate that is rapid [syn: quickness, rapidity]

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English

Etymology

French célérité > Latin celeritas > Latin celer, fast, swift.

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. italbrac in literary usage Speed.
    "disposing of the parsnip wine with a celerity which might have been due to eagerness but, to Harriett, rather suggested a reluctance to let the draught linger on the palate." —Dorothy Sayers
  2. In the context of "oceanography": The speed of individual waves (as opposed to the speed of groups of waves).

Translations

speed
speed of individual waves

Extensive Definition

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