From Middle English spede (“prosperity, good luck, quickness, success”), from Old English spēd (“luck, prosperity, success”), from Proto-Germanic *spōdiz (“prosperity, success”), from Proto-Germanic *spōaną (“to prosper, succeed, be happy”), from Proto-Indo-European *speh₁- (“to prosper, turn out well”). Cognate with Scots spede, speid (“success, quickness, speed”), Dutch spoed (“haste; speed”), German Low German Spood (“haste; speed; eagerness; success”), German Sput (“progress, acceleration, haste”). Related also to Old English spōwan (“to be successful, succeed”), Greek σπεύδω, Albanian shpejt (“to speed, to hurry”) and Russian спеши́ть (spešítʹ, “to hurry”), Latin spēs (“hope, expectation”), spērō (“hope”, verb).
- The state of moving quickly or the capacity for rapid motion; rapidity.
- How does Usain Bolt run at that ?
- The rate of motion or action, specifically (mathematics)/(physics) the magnitude of the velocity; the rate distance is traversed in a given time.
- (photography) The sensitivity to light of film, plates or sensor.
- (photography) The duration of exposure, the time during which a camera shutter is open.
- (photography) The largest size of the lens opening at which a lens can be used.
- (photography) The ratio of the focal length to the diameter of a photographic objective.
- (slang, uncountable) Amphetamine or any amphetamine-based drug (especially methamphetamine) used as a stimulant, especially illegally.
- (archaic) Luck, success, prosperity.
- (slang) Personal preference.
- We could go to the shore next week, or somewhere else if that's not your .
From Middle English speden, from Old English spēdan (“to speed, prosper, succeed, have success”), from Proto-Germanic *spōdijaną (“to succeed”). Cognate with Scots spede, speid (“to meet with success, assist, promote, accomplish, speed”), Dutch spoeden (“to hurry, rush”), Low German spoden, spöden (“to hasten, speed”), German sputen, spuden (“to speed”).
speed was also found in the following language(s): French