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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. Donald Trump:

    China has had many opportunities to fully address our concerns, once again, I urge China's leaders to take swift action to end their country's unfair trade practices.

  2. Leonard Schrank:

    With the evolution of cyber criminality over the last 10 years, why hasn’t SWIFT and the community done more? these are things that could have been done years ago.

  3. Hugh Cumberland:

    This image of the SWIFT network and the surrounding ecosystem being secure and impenetrable has encouraged complacency.

  4. Damon Runyon:

    It may not be that the race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong - but that is the way to bet.

  5. Roy Cooper:

    We all want to be in Charlotte, we love North Carolina, but having a sense now is absolutely essential because of the rules and regulations that are involved, and we look forward to working with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, getting a swift response, and, if need be, moving Republican National Convention to a state that is farther along on reopening and can say with confidence that we can gather there.

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    the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis
    • A. abdomen
    • B. decline
    • C. downsizing
    • D. temptation

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