• Built for speed
    Built for speed
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v speed move faster "The car accelerated"
    • v speed cause to move faster "He accelerated the car"
    • v speed move very fast "The runner zipped past us at breakneck speed"
    • v speed travel at an excessive or illegal velocity "I got a ticket for speeding"
    • v speed move fast "He rushed down the hall to receive his guests","The cars raced down the street"
    • n speed changing location rapidly
    • n speed a central nervous system stimulant that increases energy and decreases appetite; used to treat narcolepsy and some forms of depression
    • n speed a rate (usually rapid) at which something happens "the project advanced with gratifying speed"
    • n speed the ratio of the focal length to the diameter of a (camera) lens system
    • n speed distance travelled per unit time
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cheetahs are the fastest land animal and can reach speeds up to 72mph
    • Speed One who, or that which, causes or promotes speed or success. "Hercules be thy speed !"
    • Speed Prosperity in an undertaking; favorable issue; success. "For common speed .""O Lord God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day."
    • Speed The act or state of moving swiftly; swiftness; velocity; rapidly; rate of motion; dispatch; as, the speed a horse or a vessel. "Speed , to describe whose swiftness number fails."
    • Speed To be expedient.
    • Speed To cause to be successful, or to prosper; hence, to aid; to favor. "Fortune speed us!""With rising gales that speed their happy flight."
    • Speed To cause to make haste; to dispatch with celerity; to drive at full speed; hence, to hasten; to hurry. "He sped him thence home to his habitation."
    • Speed To experience in going; to have any condition, good or ill; to fare. "Ships heretofore in seas like fishes sped ; The mightiest still upon the smallest fed."
    • Speed To fare well; to have success; to prosper. "Save London, and send true lawyers their meed!
      For whoso wants money with them shall not speed !"
      "I told ye then he should prevail, and speed On his bad errand."
    • Speed To go; to fare. "To warn him now he is too farre sped ."
    • Speed To hasten to a conclusion; to expedite. "Judicial acts . . . are sped in open court at the instance of one or both of the parties."
    • Speed To hurry to destruction; to put an end to; to ruin; to undo. "Sped with spavins.""A dire dilemma! either way I 'm sped .
      If foes, they write, if friends, they read, me dead."
    • Speed To make haste; to move with celerity. "I have speeded hither with the very extremest inch of possibility."
    • Speed To wish success or god fortune to, in any undertaking, especially in setting out upon a journey. "Welcome the coming, speed the parting guest."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A penguin swims at a speed of approximately 15 miles per hour
    • n speed Success; a successful course; prosperity in doing something; good fortune; luck: used either absolutely or relatively: as, to wish one good speed in an undertaking.
    • n speed Apromoter of success or progress; a speeder.
    • n speed Rapidity of movement; quickness of motion; swiftness: also used figuratively.
    • n speed Rate of progress or motion (whether fast or slow); comparative rapidity; velocity: as, moderate speed; a fast or a slow rate of speed; to regulate the speed of machines.
    • n speed In submarine rock-drilling, a leg or beam to which the drilling apparatus is attached.
    • n speed Synonyms Swiftness, Rapidity, etc. (see quickness), expedition.
    • speed To advance toward a goal or a result; get on successfully; be fortunate; prosper; get on in general; make progress; fare; succeed.
    • speed To get on rapidly; move with celerity; hasten in going; go quickly; hasten in doing something; act rapidly; hurry; be quick.
    • speed To cause to advance toward success; favor the course or cause of; make prosperous.
    • speed To push forward; carry toward a conclusion; promote; advance.
    • speed To send or push forward in a course; promote the going or progress of; cause to go; aid in going.
    • speed To give high speed to; put to speed; hasten the going or progress of; make or cause to be rapid in movement; give celerity to: also used reflexively.
    • speed To give a certain (specified) speed to; also, to regulate the speed of; arrange for a certain rate of going; set for a determined rapidity.
    • speed To send off or away; put forth; despatch on a course: as, an arrow sped from the bow.
    • speed Hence To send or put out of the way; get rid of; send off; do for; in a specific use, to send out of the world; put to death; despatch; kill.
    • speed To cause to be relieved: only in the passive.
    • speed To disclose; unfold; explain.
    • n speed Rapidity of action, as of a lens. The speed of a lens is dependent upon the amount of light it projects on the plate.
    • n speed In mech., a device by which the rate of motion may be changed or controlled, particularly in motor-vehicles.
    • n speed The speed at which a machine, vibration, or other periodic element synchronizes with another machine, vibration, or periodic element: for example, the synchronizing of the speed of a machine with the period of vibration of the building in which it is operated.
    • n speed A rate of travel or speed of revolution of the drivers of a locomotive or of a motor-car at which the rate of flow of steam, or motor fluid to the cylinder, is so retarded by friction in passages, or otherwise, that further increase of speed is not accompanied by increase of power. This may also occur because of diminished adhesion of the drivers to the rail or road surface at such high speed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The speed at which honey bees fly is at 15 miles per hour
    • n Speed spēd quickness, velocity: success
    • v.i Speed to move quickly, to hurry: to succeed, to fare
    • v.t Speed to despatch quickly: to hasten, as to a conclusion: to cause to advance, to push forward: to give a certain speed to, regulate the speed of: to send off, to put forth, to rid of, to kill: to cause to be relieved (only in passive): to execute: to aid: to make prosperous:—pr.p. speed′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. sped
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  • Edward Young
    “Be wise with speed; a fool at forty is a fool indeed.”
  • Isaac Asimov
    “I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander.”
  • Jimmy Stewart
    Jimmy Stewart
    “If I had my career over again? Maybe I'd say to myself, speed it up a little.”
  • Lee Iacocca
    “The speed of the boss is the speed of the team.”
  • Lee Iacocca
    “I've always found that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team.”
  • Wayne Lukas
    Wayne Lukas
    “The speed of the leader determines the rate of the pack.”


Full speed ahead - If people do something with all their enthusiasm and energy, they go full speed ahead.
More haste, less speed - The faster you try to do something, the more likely you are to make mistakes that make you take longer than it would had you planned it.
Up to speed - If you bring someone up to speed, you update them on something.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. spd, success, swiftness, from spwan, to succeed; akin to D. spoed,d, OHG. spuot, success, spuot, to succees, Skr. sphā, to increase, grow fat. √170b.


In literature:

I glanced at the indicator, watching the hand drop slowly to atmospheric speed.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
Speed was not sacrificed to weight, for they were given a speed of 18.5 knots, developed by engines of 18,000 horsepower.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
Now the crowd gave back as Kress speeded up his motor, indicating that he would soon take off.
"Lords of the Stratosphere" by Arthur J. Burks
Speed's on edge over the big game next Saturday against Hamilton!
"Interference and Other Football Stories" by Harold M. Sherman
As soon as the ether was reached, the speed would be increased to ten or twelve thousand.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various
With a burst of speed Stan went up and over.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
The leader, in easy tones, urged his men to greater speed.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
As the horses speeded up these assistants released their hold.
"Aircraft and Submarines" by Willis J. Abbot
The speed of the Goshawk snatched him faithfully from the jaws of the Slavs.
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
She was trying to make the best possible speed.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various

In poetry:

But he did not listen.
Heeding but his will,
At full speed he bounded
Up the wooded hill;
"Fairy Tale" by Boris Pasternak
If again
Towards the Atlantic sea there
I should speed, they'd be there
Surely now as then?…
"St Launce's Revisited" by Thomas Hardy
Swiftly speeds the dart of sorrow,
Swiftly Joy's rich buds decay,
Tho' blushing now ,--yet on the morrow,
All their brightness fades away.
"The Lover's Departure" by Laura Sophia Temple
Those deeds can never die, though they
To the cold grave have passed away;
But speed to heav'n and welcoming wait
The spirit at the eternal gate.
"Their Works shall follow Them" by John Bowring
And blazing stars will burst upon him there,
Dumb in the midnight of his hope and pain,
Speeding no answer back to his last prayer,
And, if akin to him, akin in vain.
"The Future" by John Gould Fletcher
A symbol which men in their madness heed;
Symbol of Love to which their hope doth speed
Upon the wings of prayer; as there they die
The crucifix their end doth glorify.
"The Miracle of the Cross" by John William Streets

In news:

Congress today refused to speed up the closings of offices in Lubbock and Amarillo according to a press release by Republican Amarillo Congressman Mac Thornberry.
Chrysler will build an eight-speed automatic transmission in Kokomo, Indiana, starting in 2013.
Bringing Humboldt up to speed, the wireless way.
Meningococcemia can kill its victims with stunning speed.
W' bago debates speed of hiring.
Shimano expands Core baitcasting reel series with high-speed retrieve Core 100Mg7.
Washington Park Americana music series kicks off with Jake Speed and the Freddies.
Jake Speed & the Freddies (Photo: www.freddiesmusic.com).
Cons Although fast enough so speed isn't an issue, it's a little slow for the price and rated engine speed.
Lackluster tested speed for its rated speed.
The Maryland SafeZones automated speed enforcement program started in July 2010, with speed cameras are located in long-term work zones.
It recently came to PCMag's attention that AT&T may be capping upload speeds on many devices—to speeds far lower than its network can support.
Racer > > K1 Speed > Rally Driver Ken Block Visits K1 Speed Carlsbad .
Readers sent in a host of images that took advantage of high-speed settings on their digital cameras and on high-speed film.
InterMotive's new two-speed road speed limiter — part of its Speed Sentinel product line — allows two different maximum speeds to be programmed for a vehicle using one module.

In science:

It can be shown that it has still a zero speed but a non zero angular speed, so that asymptotically it has in finite winding number around the origin.
Random walks on randomly oriented lattices
In Section 2 we apply these results to show that the speed vγ can be larger than the speed of the stationary walk under the mean environment.
Ballistic random walks in random environment at low disorder
The isolated formation mode of OB associations is important when the turbulent speed of the ISM is larger than the expansion speed of the HII region (Nomura & Kamaya 2001).
Velocity Dispersion of Dissolving OB Associations Affected by External Pressure of Formation Environment
Figure 1a plots the adopted zero-order “background ” plasma state (magnetic field strength, wind speed, and Alfv ´en speed) on which the wave perturbations were placed.
Coronal Heating versus Solar Wind Acceleration
The speeds of the two principles in (1.14) and (1.15) are then both equal to the speed βn (tn ) in (1.8).
Deviations of a random walk in a random scenery with stretched exponential tails