Speed

Definition of Speed

Pronunciation: spēd
n.1.Prosperity in an undertaking; favorable issue; success.
O Lord God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day.
- Gen. xxiv. 12.
2.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.
- Milton.
3.One who, or that which, causes or promotes speed or success.
God speed
Good speed; prosperity. See Godspeed.
Speed gauge
(Mach.) devices for indicating or recording the rate of a body's motion, as the number of revolutions of a shaft in a given time.
Speed lathe
(Mach.) a power lathe with a rapidly revolving spindle, for turning small objects, for polishing, etc.; a hand lathe.
Speed pulley
a cone pulley with steps.
v. i.1.To go; to fare.
[imp. & p. p. Sped (spĕd), Speeded; p. pr. & vb. n. Speeding.]
To warn him now he is too farre sped.
- Remedy of Love.
2.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.
- Waller.
3.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!
- Lydgate.
I told ye then he should prevail, and speed
On his bad errand.
- Milton.
4.To make haste; to move with celerity.
I have speeded hither with the very extremest inch of possibility.
- Shak.
5.To be expedient.
v. t.1.To cause to be successful, or to prosper; hence, to aid; to favor.
With rising gales that speed their happy flight.
- Dryden.
2.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.
- Fairfax.
3.To hasten to a conclusion; to expedite.
Judicial acts . . . are sped in open court at the instance of one or both of the parties.
- Ayliffe.
4.To hurry to destruction; to put an end to; to ruin; to undo.
A dire dilemma! either way I 'm sped.
If foes, they write, if friends, they read, me dead.
- Pope.
5.To wish success or god fortune to, in any undertaking, especially in setting out upon a journey.
Welcome the coming, speed the parting guest.
- Pope.
God speed you
etc., may God speed you; or, may you have good speed.

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