celer-

(Latin: fast, speed, swift, rapid)

Compare this element with brady- for words with opposite meanings.

accelerant (s) (noun), accelerants (pl)
A substance that is used to intensify a fire.
accelerate (ak SEL uh rayt") (verb), accelerates; accelerated; accelerating
1. To cause anything in motion or process to speed up or to move faster: To avoid being hit by the truck from behind, Mark had to accelerate his car.

Lamont is sure that cutting taxes will help to accelerate economic growth in the country.

2. To make the accomplishment of something take place sooner: Martin had to accelerate his university studies in order to be ready for his final exams.
3. To cause to happen sooner; hasten: Resting often accelerates a person's recovery from an illness.
4. Etymology: from Latin ad-, "to" + celerare, "to hasten, to make happen faster"; which came from celer, "quick".
To make something move faster.
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To make something move faster.
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accelerated (adjective)
1. A reference to something that is moved increasingly faster, or which causes something to move faster.
2. A descriptive term for something that has happened or developed faster, or that which was pushed to happen or to develop faster.
accelerated idioventricular rhythm (s), accelerated idioventricular rhythms (pl) (nouns)
A rapid ventricular rhythm, approximately 60 to 110 beats per minute: "Accelerated idioventricular rhythm usually results from premature beats or an escape rhythm generated by the slowing of the sinus pacemaker or acceleration of a ventricular pacemaker."
acceleration (s) (noun), accelerations (pl)
1. The rate at which something increases in velocity.
2. An increase in the rate at which something happens or develops.
accelerative (adjective)
Tending to increase velocity or speed.
accelerator (s), accelerators (pl) (nouns
1. A pedal or other device to make something go faster, to speed up, or to quicken the pace: The car suddenly lunged into a tree when Jeremy stepped too hard on the accelerator.
2. A machine used to increase the velocity, and hence the kinetic energy, of subatomic particles or nuclei; usually, in preparation for collision with a target.
acceleratory (adjective)
Tending to increase velocity or speed.
accelerogram (s), accelerograms (pl) (nouns)
1. A record, or graph, of the acceleration of tremors occurring in an earthquake.
2. A tracing produced by an accelerograph (an apparatus for recording the succession of pressures developed in a power-chamber by the combustion of a charge.
accelerograph (s) (noun) accelerographs (pl)
1. An apparatus for recording the succession of pressures developed in a power-chamber by the combustion of a charge.
2. Instruments that show, and record, the speed of tremors occurring in an earthquake.
accelerometer (s) (noun), accelerometers (pl)
1. An device for measuring acceleration or speed.
2. Instruments used for determining the speed of a moving body or for measuring mechanical vibrations.
cardioaccelerator (s), cardioaccelerators (pl) (nouns)
celeripedean (s) (noun), celeripedeans (pl)
A fast runner; swift footed.
celerity (s) (noun), celerities (pl)
A swiftness of action or movement at great speed: Celerity is primarily distinguished from velocity because it refers to the movements or actions of living beings.

Gossip often travels with celerity, as well as children who are trying to get to a big plate of cookies.

A fast motion or speed.
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A rapidity of action.
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decelerate (verb), decelerates; decelerated; decelerating