WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
swift /swɪft/USA pronunciation
adj., -er, -est, adv., n. adj.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- moving or able to move with great speed:a swift boat.
- coming, happening, or performed quickly:a swift decision.
- quick to act or respond:[often: be + ~ + to + verb]The president was swift to respond to the new crisis.
- in a swift manner.
swift•ly, adv.: She ran swiftly ahead of the others.
swift•ness, n. [uncountable]
- Birdsa long-winged, swallowlike bird.
(swift),USA pronunciation adj., -er, -est, adv., n. adj.
- moving or capable of moving with great speed or velocity;
rapid:a swift ship.
- coming, happening, or performed quickly or without delay:a swift decision.
- quick or prompt to act or respond:swift to jump to conclusions.
- [Slang.]quick to perceive or understand;
clever:You can't cheat him, he's too swift.
- Birdsany of numerous long-winged, swallowlike birds of the family Apodidae, related to the hummingbirds and noted for their rapid flight.
- BirdsSee tree swift.
- ReptilesSee spiny lizard.
- InsectsAlso called swift′ moth′, ghost moth. any of several brown or gray moths, the males of which are usually white, of the family Hepialidae, noted for rapid flight.
- an adjustable device upon which a hank of yarn is placed in order to wind off skeins or balls.
- the main cylinder on a machine for carding flax.
- bef. 900; Middle English (adjective, adjectival and adverb, adverbial), Old English (adjective, adjectival); akin to Old English swīfan to revolve, Old Norse svīfa to rove; see swivel
(swift),USA pronunciation n.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged speedy. See quick.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged expeditious.
- BiographicalGustavus Franklin, 1839–1903, U.S. meat packer.
- BiographicalJonathan ("Isaac Bickerstaff ''), 1667–1745, English satirist and clergyman, born in Ireland.
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swift /swɪft/ adj
- moving or able to move quickly; fast
- occurring or performed quickly or suddenly; instant
- (postpositive) followed by to: prompt to act or respond: swift to take revenge
- swiftly or quickly
- (in combination): swift-moving
Etymology: Old English, from swīfan to turn; related to Old Norse svifa to rove, Old Frisian swīvia to waver, Old High German sweib a reversal; see swivelˈswiftly adv ˈswiftness n
- any bird of the families Apodidae and Hemiprocnidae, such as Apus apus (common swift) of the Old World: order Apodiformes. They have long narrow wings and spend most of the time on the wing
- any of certain North American lizards of the genera Sceloporus and Uta that can run very rapidly: family Iguanidae (iguanas)
- the main cylinder in a carding machine
- an expanding circular frame used to hold skeins of silk, wool, etc
Swift /swɪft/ n
- Graham Colin. born 1949, British writer: his novels include Waterland (1983), Last Orders (1996), which won the Booker prize, and The Light of Day (2002)
- Jonathan. 1667–1745, Anglo-Irish satirist and churchman, who became dean of St Patrick's, Dublin, in 1713. His works include A Tale of a Tub (1704) and Gulliver's Travels (1726)
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