Reference > Roget’s > International Thesaurus > 274. Velocity.
Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.
Class II. Words Relating to Space
Section IV. Motion
2. Degrees of Motion
274. Velocity.
NOUN:VELOCITY, speed, celerity; swiftness &c. adj.; rapidity, eagle speed, lightning speed; expedition (activity) [See Activity]; pernicity [obs.]; acceleration; haste [See Haste].
  SPURT, sprint, rush, dash, race, steeple chase; automobile race; Marathon race or Marathon; smart -, lively -, swift &c. adj. -, rattling [colloq.] -, spanking [slang] -, strapping [colloq.]- -rate, - pace; round pace; flying, flight.
  PACE, gallop, canter, trot, round trot, run, scamper; hand -, full- gallop; swoop.
  [COMPARISONS] lightning, light, electricity, wind; cannon ball, rocket, arrow, dart, hydrargyrum, quicksilver, Mercury; wireless, telegraph, express train; swallow flight; torrent.
  eagle, antelope, courser, race horse, barb, gazelle, greyhound, hare, doe, squirrel, camel bird, swallow, chickaree, chipmunk, hackee [U. S.], ostrich. scorcher [slang], joy rider [colloq.], speed maniac.
  Mercury, Ariel, Puck, Camilla, Harlequin.
  [MEASUREMENT OF VELOCITY] velocimeter, speedometer, patent log, log, log line.
VERB:MOVE QUICKLY, trip, fisk [obs.]; speed, hie, hasten, spurt, sprint, post, spank, scuttle; scud, scuddle [obs. or Scot.], scurry, whiz; thunder -by, - on; scour, scour the plain; scamper; run, run like mad [colloq.], fly, race, run a race, cut away, shoot, tear, whisk, sweep, skim, brush; skedaddle [colloq.], cut and run [colloq.], cut along [colloq.], bowl along; scorch [colloq.]; rush &c. (be violent) [See Violence]; dash on, dash off, dash forward; bolt; trot, gallop, bound, flit, spring, dart, boom; march in -quick, - double- time; ride hard, get over the ground; give her the gas, step on her tail, run wide open [all automobile cant].
  HURRY (hasten) [See Haste]; bundle, bundle along; bundle on; accelerate, put on; quicken; quicken -, mend -one’s pace; clap spurs to one’s horse; make haste, make rapid strides, make forced marches, make the best of one’s way; put one’s best leg foremost, stir one’s stumps [slang], wing one’s way, set off at a score; carry sail, crowd sail; go off like a shot, go ahead, gain ground; outstrip the wind, fly on the wings of the wind.
  KEEP UP WITH, keep pace with.
  OUTSTRIP [See Overrun]; outmarch.
ADJECTIVE:FAST, speedy, swift, rapid, quick, fleet; nimble, agile, expeditious; express; active [See Activity]; flying, galloping &c. v.; light-footed, nimble-footed; winged, eagle-winged, mercurial, electric, telegraphic; light-legged, light of heel; swift as an arrow &c. n.; quick as lightning &c. n.; quick as thought. 1
ADVERB:SWIFTLY &c. adj.; with speed &c. n.; apace; at a great rate, at full speed, at railway speed; full drive, full gallop; posthaste, in full sail, tantivy; like a shot [colloq.], like greased lightning [colloq.]; trippingly; instantaneously [See Instantaneity].
  under press of -sail, - canvas, - sail and steam; velis et remis [L.], on eagle’s wing, in double-quick time; with rapid strides, with giant strides, à pas de géant [F.], in seven-league boots; whip and spur; ventre à terre [F.]; as fast as one’s -legs, - heels- will carry one; as fast as one can lay feet to the ground, at the top of one’s speed; by leaps and bounds; with haste [See Haste]; in high (gear or speed) [automobiling].
  1. Tempus fugit.
  2. Vires acquirit eundo.
  3. I’ll put a girdle round about the earth In forty minutes.—Midsummer Night’s Dream
  4. Swifter than arrow from the Tartar’s bow.—Midsummer Night’s Dream
  5. He was the sworn companion of the wind.—Dunsany

Note 1. That is, Dimensions having reference to a center. [ back ]

Note 1. See note on 264. [ back ]



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