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rapid

[′rap·əd]
(hydrology)
A portion of a stream in swift, disturbed motion, but without cascade or waterfall; usually used in the plural.
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At the distance of a mile and a half from the foot of this narrow channel is a rapid, formed by two rocky islands; and two miles beyond is a second great fall, over a ledge of rocks twenty feet high, extending nearly from shore to shore.
WHILE the Astorians were busily occupied in completing their factory and fort, a report was brought to them by an Indian from the upper part of the river, that a party of thirty white men had appeared on the banks of the Columbia, and were actually building houses at the second rapids.
The falls or rapids of the Columbia are situated about one hundred and eighty miles above the mouth of the river.
You understand," added Aramis, with the rapid precision of command; "there are six dogs that will be forced to stop at the great stone under which the fox has glided - but at the too narrow opening of which they must be themselves stopped and killed.
He got a new effect of airships altogether, as vast things coming down upon him, growing swiftly larger and larger and more overwhelming, until the houses over the way seemed small, the American rapids narrow, the bridge flimsy, the combatants infinitesimal.
They spread and closed and spread and grappled and drove round over the rapids, and two miles away or more into Canada, and back over the Falls again.
She lay across the rapids like an island, like tall cliffs, tall cliffs that came rolling, smoking, and crumpling, and collapsing, advancing with a sort of fluctuating rapidity upon Bert.
Beyond, the rapid rivers would continue to run for days, but unless they got beyond, and immediately, they were doomed to be frozen in for six months to come.
Climb out, dad," Liverpool commanded as he prepared to swing from the bank and enter the rapids.
And there won't be any more walking around rapids and losing time waiting to pick you up
Peer as I would I could not penetrate the darkness, and then I listened intently for the sound of breathing near me; but except for the noise of the rapids, the soft scraping of the boats, and the lapping of the water at their sides I could distinguish no sound.
Through Cimmerian darkness he moved along the narrow ledge beside the boiling rapids.