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  1. Swift, Gustavus Franklin Swift(noun)

    United States meat-packer who began the use of refrigerated railroad cars (1839-1903)

  2. Swift, Jonathan Swift, Dean Swift(noun)

    an English satirist born in Ireland (1667-1745)

  3. swift(noun)

    a small bird that resembles a swallow and is noted for its rapid flight

  4. western fence lizard, swift, blue-belly, Sceloporus occidentalis(adj)

    common western lizard; seen on logs or rocks

  5. fleet, swift(adj)

    moving very fast

    "fleet of foot"; "the fleet scurrying of squirrels"; "a swift current"; "swift flight of an arrow"; "a swift runner"

WiktionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. swift(Noun)

    The current of a stream.

  2. swift(Noun)

    A small plain-colored bird (of the family Micropodidu00E6) that resembles a swallow and is noted for its rapid flight. Common European swift: Cypselus, u2228 Micropus, apus. The common American, or chimney, swift: Chu00E6tura pelagica. The Australian swift: Chu00E6tura caudacuta. The European Alpine swift: Cypselus melba. The common Indian swift: Cypselus affinis.

  3. swift(Noun)

    A western fence lizard, swift, blue-belly, Sceloporus occidentalis -- (common western lizard; seen on logs or rocks)

  4. swift(Noun)

    The ghost moth.

  5. swift(Adjective)

    fast; quick; rapid.

  6. swift(Adjective)

    Capable of moving at high speeds.

  7. Swift(ProperNoun)

    , originally a nickname for a swift or quick person.

  8. Origin: From the verb swīfan

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  1. Swift(verb)

    moving a great distance in a short time; moving with celerity or velocity; fleet; rapid; quick; speedy; prompt

  2. Swift(verb)

    of short continuance; passing away quickly

  3. Swift(adverb)

    swiftly

  4. Swift(noun)

    the current of a stream

  5. Swift(noun)

    any one of numerous species of small, long-winged, insectivorous birds of the family Micropodidae. In form and habits the swifts resemble swallows, but they are destitute of complex vocal muscles and are not singing birds, but belong to a widely different group allied to the humming birds

  6. Swift(noun)

    any one of several species of lizards, as the pine lizard

  7. Swift(noun)

    the ghost moth. See under Ghost

  8. Swift(noun)

    a reel, or turning instrument, for winding yarn, thread, etc.; -- used chiefly in the plural

  9. Swift(noun)

    the main card cylinder of a flax-carding machine

  10. Origin: [Cf. Swivel.]

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  1. Swift

    The swifts are a family, Apodidae, of highly aerial birds. They are superficially similar to swallows, but are actually not closely related to passerine species at all; swifts are in the separate order Apodiformes, which they share with hummingbirds. The treeswifts are closely related to the true swifts, but form a separate family, the Hemiprocnidae. The resemblances between swifts and swallows are due to convergent evolution, reflecting similar life styles based on catching insects in flight. The family scientific name comes from the Ancient Greek απους, apous, meaning "without feet", since swifts have very short legs and never settle voluntarily on the ground, clinging instead to vertical surfaces. The tradition of depicting swifts without feet continued into the Middle Ages, as seen in the heraldic martlet.


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