celerity

  • 1 celerity — celerity, alacrity, legerity are comparable when they are used in reference to human beings and denote quickness in movement or action. Celerity stresses speed in moving or especially in accomplishing work {she could, when she chose, work with… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 2 Celerity — can refer to: *Speed, quickness. *Celerity BBS, a computer Bulletin Board System popular in the 1990 s *Celerity, a power of supernatural quickness possessed by vampires in the roleplaying games and Vampire: The Masquerade *The speed of… …

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  • 3 Celerity — Ce*ler i*ty, n. [L. celeritas, from celer swiftm speedy: sf. F. c[ e]l[ e]rit[ e].] Rapidity of motion; quickness; swiftness. [1913 Webster] Time, with all its celerity, moves slowly to him whose whole employment is to watch its flight. Johnson.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 celerity — index dispatch (promptness), haste Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 celerity — late 15c., from M.Fr. célérité (14c.), from L. celeritatem (nom. celeritas) swiftness, from celer swift, from possible PIE root *kel to drive, set in swift motion (Cf. Skt. carati goes, Gk. keles fast horse or ship, keleuthos journey, road, Lith …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 celerity — [n] swiftness alacrity, briskness, dispatch, expedition, expeditiousness, fleetness, gait, haste, hurry, hustle, legerity, promptness, quickness, rapidity, speed, speediness, swiftness, velocity, vivacity; concept 755 Ant. slowness, sluggishness …

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  • 7 celerity — ► NOUN archaic or literary ▪ swiftness of movement. ORIGIN Latin celeritas, from celer swift …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 celerity — [sə ler′i tē] n. [Fr célérité < L celeritas < celer, swift: see HOLD1] swiftness in acting or moving; speed …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 celerity — noun a) 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. mdash; b) The speed of individual waves (as opposed to… …

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  • 10 celerity — noun Etymology: Middle English celerite, from Anglo French, from Latin celeritat , celeritas, from celer swift more at hold Date: 15th century rapidity of motion or action …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 celerity — /seuh ler i tee/, n. swiftness; speed. [1480 90; earlier celerite < MF < L celeritas, equiv. to celer swift + itas ITY] Syn. alacrity, dispatch, briskness. See speed. * * * …

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  • 12 celerity — Synonyms and related words: air speed, alacrity, bat, briskness, dispatch, expedition, expeditiousness, fastness, flight, flit, flurry, gait, ground speed, haste, hurry, hustle, instantaneousness, knots, legerity, lightning speed, miles per hour …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 13 celerity — I (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. speed, quickness, alacrity, haste, dispatch, expedition, swiftness. ANT.: slowness, *snail s pace, leisureliness II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun Rapidness of movement or activity: dispatch, expedition,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 14 celerity — ce|ler|i|ty [ sə lerəti ] noun uncount LITERARY great speed …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 celerity — see ACCELERATE …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 16 celerity — ce·ler·i·ty || sɪ lerɪtɪ n. alacrity, rapidity, speed …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 17 celerity — [sɪ lɛrɪti] noun archaic or literary swiftness of movement. Origin C15: from OFr. celerite, from L. celeritas, from celer swift …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 18 celerity — n. Speed, quickness, swiftness, rapidity, fleetness, velocity (when used of inanimate objects) …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 19 celerity — noun (U) formal great speed …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 celerity — n 1. swiftness, speed, rapidity, fastness, quickness, fleetness; hurry, haste, hastiness, precipitance; acceleration, velocity, pace. 2. dispatch, promptness, expedition; alacrity, briskness, sprightliness, spryness, liveliness; animation,… …

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