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Definition a rate that is rapid
  • Congress moved with surprising celerity.
  • she proceeded to arrange the cups, spoons, etc., with assiduous celerity.
    Bronte, Charlotte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The company is know for its cost-cutting celerity in a downturn.
  • Also, the celerity with which it had been accepted and published was a pleasant thought to him.
    London, Jack  --  Martin Eden
  • Celerity is never more admir'd
    Than by the negligent.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • celerity = speed
  • I fail to impress you with the celerity of the transaction. Ten seconds at the outside. Up went the window, bang bang went the revolver, and down went the window. Whoever it was, he had never stopped to see the effect of his shots. He knew.
    London, Jack  --  South Sea Tales
  • I am by no means convinced that you would be gone with such celerity.
    Austen, Jane  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • she hath such a celerity in dying.
    Shakespeare, William  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • ...he made a rush at Bildad, but with a marvellous oblique, sliding celerity, Bildad for that time eluded him.
    Melville, Herman  --  Moby Dick I-LXVII
  • And now celerity of action was the prime essential to the success of the thing that I had decided upon.
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  Warlord of Mars
  • Aramis then assisted Porthos to dress, piece by piece, with as much celerity as the most skillful valet de chambre could have done.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  Ten Years Later
  • We sidled toward the Piraeus—not running you understand, but only advancing with celerity.
    Twain, Mark  --  The Innocents Abroad
  • They slid down behind it with remarkable celerity, and from this position they began briskly to slice up the blue men.
    Crane, Stephen  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • I let them both go with a celerity which to this day astonishes my memory.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Mirror of the Sea
  • A strange breathlessness attacked her, and she attributed it to the celerity with which she was being carried along.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • O most kind maid, It was the swift celerity of his death, Which I did think with slower foot came on, That brain'd my purpose.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • Multitudinous, carrying attaché-cases, dodging with incredible celerity in and out, they went past like a river in spate.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • They slid down behind it with remarkable celerity, and from this position they began briskly to slice up the blue men.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Van Helsing returned with extraordinary celerity, bearing with him a surgical case.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • But hardly had he tasted a morsel when the man with the wand touched the plate with it, and they took it away from before him with the utmost celerity.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote

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