(Adjectives). Fast, speedy, swift, rapid, full-drive, quick, fleet, nimble, agile, expeditious, prompt, brisk, frisky, hasty, hurried, flying, etc., precipitate, furious, light-footed, nimble-footed, winged, eagle-winged, mercurial, electric, telegraphic, light-legged; accelerative.

    (Phrases). Swift as an arrow, as a doe, as a lamplighter; off like a shot; quick as lightning; quick as thought.2

    (Adverbs). Swiftly, with speed, speedily, trippingly, etc., full-tilt, full speed, apace, post-haste, presto, tantivy, by express, by telegraph, slap, slap-dash, headlong, hurry-scurry, hand over hand, at a round trot.

    (Phrases). Under press of sail, or canvas; velis et remis; on eagle's wings; in double-quick time; with giant, or gigantic steps; à pas de gèant; in seven-league boots; whip and spur; ventre à terre; as fast as one's legs or heels will carry one; sauve qui peut; the devil take the hindmost; vires acquirit eundo; with rapid strides; at top speed; on top gear; like greased lightning.

  • Slowness (Substantives), tardiness, dilatoriness, slackness, lentor, languor, drawl, see Inactivity 683.
  • Hobbling, creeping, lounging, etc., shambling, claudication, halting, jog-trot, dog-trot, mincing steps, foot- pace, crawl, etc.

    A slow-goer, dawdle, dawdler, lingerer, slowcoach, drone, tortoise, snail, slug, sluggard, slacker.

    Retardation, slackening, slowing down.

    (Verbs). To move slowly, to creep, crawl, lag, slug, drawl, dawdle, linger, loiter, plod, trudge, flag, saunter, lounge, lumber, trail, drag, grovel, glide, laze, steal along, jog on, rub on, bundle on, toddle, waddle, shuffle, halt, hobble, limp, claudicate, shamble, mince, falter, totter, stagger.

    (Phrases). To "drag its slow length along"; to hang fire; to march in slow time, in funeral procession; to lose ground.

    To retard, slacken, relax, check, rein in, curb, strike sail, reef, slow up, slow down.

    (Phrases). Put on the drag; apply the break; clip the wings; take in sail; take one's time; ca' canny.

    (Adjectives). Slow, slack, tardy, dilatory, easy, lazy, languid, drowsy, sleepy, heavy, drawling, leaden, sluggish, snail-like, creeping, crawling, etc., dawdling, lumbering, hobbling, tardigrade.

    (Adverbs). Slowly, etc., gingerly, softly, leisurely, deliberately, gradually, etc. 144, piano, adagio, largo, lamely, etc.

    (Phrases). Under easy sail; at a snail's pace; "as slow as a lame snail"; with mincing steps; with clipped wings; haud passibus œquis; lamely, etc.

3°. Motion conjoined with Force
  • Impulse (Substantives), momentum, impetus, push, impulsion, thrust, shove, fling, jog, jolt, brunt, booming, throw, volley, explosion 173.
  • Percussion, collision, concussion, clash, encounter, cannon, carambole, appulse, shock, crash, bump, foul.

    Blow, stroke, knock, tap, fillip, pat, rap, dab, dig, jab, smack, slap, hit, putt, cuff, bang, whack, thwack, slog, wipe, clout, swipe, squash, dowse, punch, thump, pelt, kick, lunge, buffet, beating 972; impact.

    Hammer, mallet, flail, cudgel, bludgeon, cane, stick, club, racket, bat, driver, putter, cleek, niblick, etc., ram, battering-ram, monkey-engine, catapult, ballista, pile-driver, rammer, sledge-hammer, steam hammer.

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