The runner quickened her pace as she drew near the finish line.

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speed may apply to human or nonhuman activity; it emphasizes the rate in time at which something travels or operates: the speed of an automobile; the speed of thought.

velocity, a more technical term, is commonly used to refer to high rates of speed: the velocity of a projectile. refers to human movement or operation, and emphasizes dispatch or economy in an activity: the celerity of his response.

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Heat greatly accelerates the deterioration of perishable foods. (General Physics) physics a scalar measure of the rate of movement of a body expressed either as the distance travelled divided by the time taken (average speed) or the rate of change of position with respect to time at a particular point (instantaneous speed).

It is measured in metres per second, miles per hour, etc7.

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Synonyms: speed, hurry, hasten, quicken, accelerate These verbs mean to proceed or cause to proceed rapidly or more rapidly.