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

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



  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).


speed of individual waves

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