Hypertext Webster Gateway: "haste"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Haste \Haste\, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. {Hasted}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Hasting}.] [OE. hasten; akin to G. hasten, D. haasten,
Dan. haste, Sw. hasta, OF. haster, F. h[^a]ter. See {Haste},
To hasten; to hurry. [Archaic]

I 'll haste the writer. --Shak.

They were troubled and hasted away. --Ps. xlviii.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Haste \Haste\, n. [OE. hast; akin to D. haast, G., Dan., Sw., &
OFries. hast, cf. OF. haste, F. h[^a]te (of German origin);
all perh. fr. the root of E. hate in a earlier sense of, to
pursue. See {Hate}.]
1. Celerity of motion; speed; swiftness; dispatch;
expedition; -- applied only to voluntary beings, as men
and other animals.

The king's business required haste. --1 Sam. xxi.

2. The state of being urged or pressed by business; hurry;
urgency; sudden excitement of feeling or passion;
precipitance; vehemence.

I said in my haste, All men are liars. --Ps. cxvi.

{To make haste}, to hasten.

Syn: Speed; quickness; nimbleness; swiftness; expedition;
dispatch; hurry; precipitance; vehemence; precipitation.

Usage: {Haste}, {Hurry}, {Speed}, {Dispatch}. Haste denotes
quickness of action and a strong desire for getting
on; hurry includes a confusion and want of collected
thought not implied in haste; speed denotes the actual
progress which is made; dispatch, the promptitude and
rapidity with which things are done. A man may
properly be in haste, but never in a hurry. Speed
usually secures dispatch.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: overly eager speed (and possible carelessness); "he soon
regretted his haste" [syn: {hastiness}, {hurry}, {hurriedness}]
2: the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner; "in
his haste to leave he forgot his book" [syn: {hurry}, {rush},
3: a condition of urgency making it necessary to hurry; "in a
hurry to lock the door" [syn: {hurry}]

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