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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"


  1. swift(Noun)

    The current of a stream.

    Etymology: From the verb swīfan

  2. swift(Noun)

    A small plain-colored bird (of the family Micropodidæ) that resembles a swallow and is noted for its rapid flight. Common European swift: Cypselus, u2228 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.

    Etymology: From the verb swīfan

  3. swift(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From the verb swīfan

  4. swift(Noun)

    The ghost moth.

    Etymology: From the verb swīfan

  5. swift(Adjective)

    fast; quick; rapid.

    Etymology: From the verb swīfan

  6. swift(Adjective)

    Capable of moving at high speeds.

    Etymology: From the verb swīfan

  7. Swift(ProperNoun)

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

  8. Swift(ProperNoun)

    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. Swift(ProperNoun)

    Alternative letter-case form of SWIFT

Webster Dictionary

  1. Swift(verb)

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

    Etymology: [Cf. Swivel.]

  2. Swift(verb)

    of short continuance; passing away quickly

    Etymology: [Cf. Swivel.]

  3. Swift(adverb)


    Etymology: [Cf. Swivel.]

  4. Swift(noun)

    the current of a stream

    Etymology: [Cf. Swivel.]

  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

    Etymology: [Cf. Swivel.]

  6. Swift(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Cf. Swivel.]

  7. Swift(noun)

    the ghost moth. See under Ghost

    Etymology: [Cf. Swivel.]

  8. Swift(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Cf. Swivel.]

  9. Swift(noun)

    the main card cylinder of a flax-carding machine

    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. Onur Ozan:

    We will continue to work with the remainder of the entities that have applied to rejoin SWIFT to ensure their smooth reconnection.

  2. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi:

    When the market speaks, as it has done in recent days, it is right that bank executives and shareholders comprehend the need for serious and swift intervention.

  3. Homer, The Odyssey:

    Evil deeds do not prosper; the slow man catches up with the swift.

  4. Mr Bean:

    These are the sort of skills Australians need for the jobs of the future and we’re delighted to work with Apple as the first university in Australia to deliver tailored, industry-focused courses using Swift curriculum.

  5. David Bakula:

    What works for Adele and Taylor Swift doesn't necessarily work for everyone else.

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    the transparent covering of an aircraft cockpit
    • A. breastwork
    • B. canopy
    • C. elan
    • D. sheath

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