Swift, Gustavus Franklin Swift(noun)
United States meat-packer who began the use of refrigerated railroad cars (1839-1903)
Swift, Jonathan Swift, Dean Swift(noun)
an English satirist born in Ireland (1667-1745)
a small bird that resembles a swallow and is noted for its rapid flight
western fence lizard, swift, blue-belly, Sceloporus occidentalis(adj)
common western lizard; seen on logs or rocks
moving very fast
"fleet of foot"; "the fleet scurrying of squirrels"; "a swift current"; "swift flight of an arrow"; "a swift runner"
The current of a stream.
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.
A western fence lizard, swift, blue-belly, Sceloporus occidentalis -- (common western lizard; seen on logs or rocks)
The ghost moth.
fast; quick; rapid.
Capable of moving at high speeds.
, originally a nickname for a swift or quick person.
Origin: From the verb swīfan
moving a great distance in a short time; moving with celerity or velocity; fleet; rapid; quick; speedy; prompt
of short continuance; passing away quickly
the current of a stream
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
any one of several species of lizards, as the pine lizard
the ghost moth. See under Ghost
a reel, or turning instrument, for winding yarn, thread, etc.; -- used chiefly in the plural
the main card cylinder of a flax-carding machine
Origin: [Cf. Swivel.]
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
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
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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The numerical value of swift in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of swift in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Examples of swift in a Sentence
The long-term outlook for Swift is spectacular.
Like swift water an active mind never stagnates.
SWIFT doesn’t replace prudent banking practice.
Delay not swift the flight of fortune's greatest favours.
Our government will take swift action to protect our economy.
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- шәп, тиҙBashkir
- ràpid, falciotCatalan, Valencian
- svižný, hbitý, rychlý, rorýsCzech
- schnell, SeglerGerman
- vencejo, rápidoSpanish
- tervapääsky, vinha, sukkela, vikkelä, nopea, kiitäjä, juuriperhonenFinnish
- martinet, rapideFrench
- gabhlán gaoithe, éascaIrish
- ainleag-dhubh, siùbhlach, gobhlan mòr, gradScottish Gaelic
- sebes, gyorsHungarian
- piccola, celere, agile, veloce, rapido, svelto, pronto, lucertola, rondone, salamandra acquaiolaItalian
- svīre, knašs, ašs, žigls, straujš, ātrsLatvian
- tsxį́į́łnaalkʼįhiiNavajo, Navaho
- gaivão, arvião, rápido, andorinhão, aião, zirro, ligeiroPortuguese
- стриж, скорый, стремительный, быстрыйRussian
- tornseglare, snabbSwedish
- mönasval, mönasvalül, vifik, spidikVolapük
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