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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SPED

Ambrose sped away, knowing that Perronel would be quite satisfied.

The arrow that he sped from his cross-bow struck in the yellow flanks.

But Mary, regardless of maternal cacklings, sped after the doctor as he turned his horse.

The long hours, of watching and waiting, sped on, until it was nearly dark.

Diana had sped an arrow from her bow that is like the crescent moon.

A half-uttered sound of thankfulness escaped him, and he sped on.

He sped into the office, and Arthur walked to the post with the letters.

He took Allister from Kirsty, and we sped away, for it was all downhill now.

Meanwhile the motor which passed Newbury and Coryston in the park had sped to its goal.

A moment they sped side by side, toward the imperiled cruiser.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English sped "success, prosperity, advancement," from Proto-Germanic *spodiz (cf. Old Saxon spod "success," Dutch spoed "haste, speed," Old High German spuot "success," Old Saxon spodian "to cause to succeed," Middle Dutch spoeden, Old High German spuoten "to haste"), from PIE *spo-ti- "speed," from *spe- "to thrive, prosper" (cf. Sanskrit sphayate "increases," Latin sperare "to hope," Old Church Slavonic spechu "endeavor," Lithuanian speju "to have leisure").

Meaning "quickness of motion or progress" emerged in late Old English (usually adverbially, in dative plural, e.g. spedum feran), emerging fully in early Middle English. Meaning "gear of a machine" is attested from 1866. Meaning "methamphetamine, or a related drug," first attested 1967, from its effect on users. Speed bump is 1975; figurative sense is 1990s. Full speed is recorded from late 14c. Speed reading first attested 1965. Speedball "mix of cocaine and morphine or heroin" is recorded from 1909.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.