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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.

    Etymology: From the verb swīfan

  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, 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. swiftnoun

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

    Etymology: From the verb swīfan

  4. swiftnoun

    The ghost moth.

    Etymology: From the verb swīfan

  5. swiftadjective

    fast; quick; rapid.

    Etymology: From the verb swīfan

  6. swiftadjective

    Capable of moving at high speeds.

    Etymology: From the verb swīfan

  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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Swiftverb

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

    Etymology: [Cf. Swivel.]

  2. Swiftverb

    of short continuance; passing away quickly

    Etymology: [Cf. Swivel.]

  3. Swiftadverb


    Etymology: [Cf. Swivel.]

  4. Swiftnoun

    the current of a stream

    Etymology: [Cf. Swivel.]

  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

    Etymology: [Cf. Swivel.]

  6. Swiftnoun

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

    Etymology: [Cf. Swivel.]

  7. Swiftnoun

    the ghost moth. See under Ghost

    Etymology: [Cf. Swivel.]

  8. Swiftnoun

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

    Etymology: [Cf. Swivel.]

  9. Swiftnoun

    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. Steven Mnuchin:

    As a result of Congress’s swift legislative action and Treasury’s and the Federal Reserve’s work to implement these programs, we have been successful in restoring confidence in financial conditions, it is my hope that, because of our responsible use of these authorities in a manner consistent with Congressional intent, Congress will show similar trust in Treasury and Federal Reserve leadership in the future.

  2. Principal Karen Zuniga:

    Under no circumstances is that behavior tolerated at Lehman High School or in Hays CISD, we take the safety and security of our students seriously. We took swift action when this incident occurred and will do everything necessary to protect our students.

  3. Steven Mnuchin:

    Treasury will be vigilant in ensuring that En+ and Rusal meet these commitments. If these companies fail to comply with the terms, they will face very real and swift consequences, including the reimposition of sanctions.

  4. The United:

    The regime in Tehran should understand that any attacks by them or their proxies of any identity against The United States interests or citizens will be answered with a swift and decisive The United States response.

  5. The US:

    The regime in Tehran should understand that any attacks by them or their proxies of any identity against The US interests or citizens will be answered with a swift and decisive The US response.

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