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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Swift, Gustavus Franklin Swiftnoun

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

  2. Swift, Jonathan Swift, Dean Swiftnoun

    an English satirist born in Ireland (1667-1745)

  3. swiftnoun

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

  4. western fence lizard, swift, blue-belly, Sceloporus occidentalisadjective

    common western lizard; seen on logs or rocks

  5. fleet, swiftadjective

    moving very fast

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


  1. swiftnoun

    The current of a stream.

  2. swiftnoun

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

  3. swiftnoun

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

  4. swiftnoun

    The ghost moth.

  5. swiftadjective

    fast; quick; rapid.

  6. swiftadjective

    Capable of moving at high speeds.

  7. Swiftnoun

    A surname, originally a nickname for a swift or quick person.

  8. Swiftnoun

    A general-purpose multi-paradigm compiled programming language introduced by Apple Inc. in 2014.

    If anyone outside Apple saw Swift coming, they certainly weren't making any public predictions.

  9. Swiftnoun

    Alternative letter-case form of SWIFT

  10. Etymology: From the verb swīfan

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SWIFTadjective

    Etymology: swift , Saxon.

    Thou art so far before,
    That swiftest wing of recompence is slow
    To overtake thee. William Shakespeare.

    Yet are these feet, whose strengthless stay is numb,
    Unable to support this lump of clay,
    Swift-winged with desire to get a grave. William Shakespeare.

    Men of war, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and as swift as the roes upon the mountains. 1 Chron. xii. 8.

    We imitate and practise to make swifter motions than any out of other muskets. Francis Bacon.

    To him with swift ascent he up return’d. John Milton.

    Things that move so swift as not to affect the senses distinctly, with several distinguishable distances of their motion, and so cause not any train of ideas in the mind, are not perceived to move. John Locke.

    It preserves the ends of the bones from incalescency, which they, being solid bodies, would contract from any swift motion. John Ray.

    Thy stumbling founder’d jade can trot as high
    As any other Pegasus can fly;
    So the dull eel moves nimbler in the mud,
    Than all the swift fin’d racers of the flood. Dorset.

    Clouded in a deep abyss of light,
    While present, too severe for human sight,
    Nor staying longer than one swift-wing’d night. Matthew Prior.

    Mantiger made a circle round the chamber, and the swift-footed martin pursued him. Arbuthnot.

    There too my son, ———— ah once my best delight,
    Once swift of foot, and terrible in fight. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    Swift they descend, with wing to wing conjoin’d,
    Stretch their broad plumes, and float upon the wind. Alexander Pope.

    Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak. Ja. i. 19.

    He made intricate seem straight,
    To mischief swift. John Milton.

  2. Swiftnoun

    Etymology: from the quickness of their flight.

    Swifts and swallows have remarkably short legs, and their toes grasp any thing very strongly. William Derham.

    He can live in the strongest swifts of the water. Izaak Walton.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Swiftverb

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

  2. Swiftverb

    of short continuance; passing away quickly

  3. Swiftadverb


  4. Swiftnoun

    the current of a stream

  5. Swiftnoun

    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. Swiftnoun

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

  7. Swiftnoun

    the ghost moth. See under Ghost

  8. Swiftnoun

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

  9. Swiftnoun

    the main card cylinder of a flax-carding machine

  10. Etymology: [Cf. Swivel.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Swift

    swift, adj. moving quickly: fleet, rapid: speedy: ready.—n. a genus (Cypselus) and family (Cypselidæ) of picarian birds, resembling the swallows in general appearance and habits, but most closely allied by anatomical structure to the humming-birds—with long pointed wings, a short tail, and remarkable powers of rapid and prolonged flight: the common newt: a reel for winding yarn: the main cylinder of a carding-machine: the current of a stream.—n. Swif′ter, any rope temporarily used to tighten or keep a thing in its place.—adjs. Swift′-foot′ed; Swift′-hand′ed; Swift′-heeled.—adv. Swift′ly, with swiftness: rapidly.—n. Swift′ness, quality of being swift: quickness: fleetness: rapidity: speed.—adj. Swift′-winged. [A.S. swift, from same root as swoop.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. swift

    When the lower rigging becomes slack at sea, single blocks are placed on each shroud about 8 feet above the deck, a hawser rove through them, and the rigging swifted in, to bring a fair strain. The bars of the capstan are swifted, by passing a rope-swifter over all their ends, and bowsing it well taut. The rigging is also swifted down preparatory to replacing the ratlines truly horizontal after setting up.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Swift in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Swift in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Swift in a Sentence

  1. Herodotus:

    Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

  2. Luis Gutierrez:

    Even though The President dropped the ball, The President is now doing a victory dance in the end zone, or should we call it the dead zone ? Trump's comments also drew swift condemnation from elected officials and residents of the island, where blackouts remain common, 60,000 homes still have makeshift roofs and 13 percent of municipalities lack stable phone or internet service. Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello said in a Facebook post in Spanish, the victims of Puerto Rico, and the people of Puerto Rico in general, do not deserve to be questioned about their pain. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yuln Cruz, a Democrat who has sparred with President Trump multiple times, tweeted that President Trump is so vain President Trump thinks this is about President Trump. NO IT IS NOT. In New York, which has the largest Puerto Rican population in the mainland United States, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called Trump’s tweets.

  3. Arthur Guiterman:

    Active minds that think and study, Like swift brooks are seldom muddy.

  4. Andrea Swift:

    Everyone loves their mom ; everyone’s got an important mom, but for me, she’s really the guiding force. Almost every decision I make, I talk to her about it first. So obviously it was a really big deal to ever speak about her illness. Taylor Swift attends the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Los Angeles Convention Center on March 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. ( Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy).

  5. Subhankar Saha:

    There might have been a deficiency in the system in the SWIFT room, two (SWIFT) engineers came and visited the bank after the heist and suggested to upgrade the system.

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