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Princeton's WordNet

  1. speed, swiftness, fastnessnoun

    a rate (usually rapid) at which something happens

    "the project advanced with gratifying speed"


  1. swiftnessnoun

    the state of being swift

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Swiftnessnoun

    Speed; nimbleness; rapidity; quickness; velocity; celerity.

    Etymology: from swift.

    Let our proportions for these wars
    Be soon collected, and all thing thought upon,
    That may with reasonable swiftness add
    More feathers to our wings. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    We may outrun
    By violent swiftness that which we run at;
    And lose by over running. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Speed to describe whose swiftness number fails. John Milton.

    Exulting, till he finds their nobler sense
    Their disproportion’d speed does recompense;
    Then curses his conspiring feet, whose scent
    Betrays that safety which their swiftness lent. John Denham.

    Such is the mighty swiftness of your mind,
    That like the earth’s, it leaves our sense behind. Dryden.


  1. swiftness

    In everyday use and in kinematics, the speed (commonly referred to as v) of an object is the magnitude of the change of its position over time or the magnitude of the change of its position per unit of time; it is thus a scalar quantity. The average speed of an object in an interval of time is the distance travelled by the object divided by the duration of the interval; the instantaneous speed is the limit of the average speed as the duration of the time interval approaches zero. Speed is not the same as velocity. Speed has the dimensions of distance divided by time. The SI unit of speed is the metre per second (m/s), but the most common unit of speed in everyday usage is the kilometre per hour (km/h) or, in the US and the UK, miles per hour (mph). For air and marine travel, the knot is commonly used. The fastest possible speed at which energy or information can travel, according to special relativity, is the speed of light in vacuum c = 299792458 metres per second (approximately 1079000000 km/h or 671000000 mph). Matter cannot quite reach the speed of light, as this would require an infinite amount of energy. In relativity physics, the concept of rapidity replaces the classical idea of speed.


  1. swiftness

    Swiftness is the quality or state of being quick, fast, rapid, or speedy. It can refer to the rate of motion, action or operation; speed or quickness. It can be used both in the physical sense, like the swiftness of an animal, or in a metaphorical sense, like the swiftness of a decision.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Swiftnessnoun

    the quality or state of being swift; speed; quickness; celerity; velocity; rapidity; as, the swiftness of a bird; the swiftness of a stream; swiftness of descent in a falling body; swiftness of thought, etc

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of swiftness in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of swiftness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of swiftness in a Sentence

  1. Marcel Proust:

    The charms of the passing woman are generally in direct proportion to the swiftness of her passing.

  2. Faith Baldwin:

    Character builds slowly but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.

  3. Counter Extremism Project:

    Twitter moved with swiftness we have not seen before to erase pro-attack tweets within minutes, it was the first time Twitter has reacted so efficiently.

  4. Restore Justice:

    There's ample research that long sentences don't deter crime. It's actually the swiftness and the surety of consequences that deters crime, not the length of the sentence, the length of the sentence just costs the state and communities and families hundreds of thousands and millions of dollars and destroys lives. It doesn't make us safer. It's a myth.

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