Rapid Rap"id, n. [Cf. F. rapide. See {Rapid}, a.] The part of a river where the current moves with great swiftness, but without actual waterfall or cascade; sometimes called {whitewater}; -- usually used in the plural; as, the Lachine rapids in the St. Lawrence. [1913 Webster +PJC]

Row, brothers, row, the stream runs fast, The rapids are near, and the daylight's past. --Moore. [1913 Webster]

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