Definitions for Swiftswɪft

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

swift*swɪft(adj.; adv.; n.)-er, -est

  1. (adj.)moving or capable of moving with great speed or velocity:

    a swift boat.

  2. coming, happening, or performed quickly or without delay:

    a swift decision.

  3. quick to act or respond.

  4. Slang. smart; clever.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. (adv.)in a swift manner.

  6. (n.)any of numerous long-winged, swallowlike birds of the family Apodidae, related to the hummingbirds and noted for their rapid flight.

    Category: Ornithology

  7. any of several lizards, esp. of the genus


    Category: Reptiles and Amphibians

  8. any of various devices to hold a hank of yarn for winding off into skeins.

    Category: Textiles

* Syn: See quick.

Origin of swift:

bef. 900; OE (adj.); akin to OE swīfan to revolve, ON svīfa to rove; cf. swivel



  1. Jonathan (“Isaac Bickerstaff”), 1667–1745, English satirist and clergyman, born in Ireland.

    Category: Biography

Princeton's WordNet

  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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. swift(adjective)ɪft

    very fast

    a swift movement of his hand; a swift boat; Emergency teams moved swiftly into the area.


  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

Webster Dictionary

  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)


  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


  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.

Translations for Swift

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fast or quick

a swift horse; Our methods are swift and efficient; a swift-footed animal.

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