WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
swift /swɪft/USA pronunciation
adj., -er, -est,adv., n.
moving or able to move with great speed:a swift boat.
coming, happening, or performed quickly:a swift decision.
[often: be + ~ + to + verb] quick to act or respond:The president was swift to respond to the new crisis.
in a swift manner.
Birdsa long-winged, swallowlike bird.
swift•ly, adv.: She ran swiftly ahead of the others.
swift•ness, n. [uncountable]
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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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