swift·​ness | \ ˈswif(t)-nəs How to pronounce swiftness (audio) \

Definition of swiftness

1 : the quality or state of being swift : celerity
2 : the fact of being swift

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Examples of swiftness in a Sentence

with amazing swiftness, the airline agent got our ticket changed, and we boarded the plane just as it was about to leave
Recent Examples on the Web Still, traders said the swiftness of the weekend selloff underscores the role of heavily leveraged bets—many of them by individual investors—in fueling this year’s cryptocurrency rally. Paul Vigna, WSJ, "Behind Bitcoin’s Recent Slide: Imploding Bets and Forced Liquidations," 23 Apr. 2021 Storaro’s camera moves with the stealth and the swiftness of an assassin, gliding along hotel corridors in Paris, or watching, at ground level, as a storm of autumn leaves swirls up outside Marcello’s family house. Peter Cowie, WSJ, "Sinister Subservience," 19 Mar. 2021 Harden’s reputation has rebounded dramatically, with a swiftness and flair few predicted when the Rockets shipped him to Brooklyn in mid-January. Marc Stein, New York Times, "James Harden Is Headed Back to Houston. Too Bad He’s Not Staying.," 3 Mar. 2021 Even though the stock market rebounded somewhat in the ensuing days, the swiftness of the sharp decline left many investors unnerved. Washington Post, "Robert Glauber, Harvard business professor and ranking Treasury official, dies at 81," 4 Mar. 2021 For the people who’ve played the real estate game at a high level for years, COVID-19 was never an Armageddon, and the swiftness of it all wasn’t unprecedented. Peter Lane Taylor, Forbes, "Real Estate Was A Catastrophe In 2020. 6 Experts Predict What Comes Next," 2 Mar. 2021 With the crepuscular light dissipating with tropical swiftness, about to add darkness to the dripping damp, Saleska and Silva Campos took stock. Daniel Glick, Scientific American, "Can the Amazon Save the Planet?," 3 Apr. 2017 In more than a dozen interviews, women told of feeling stunned by the swiftness of the experience, even months after their husbands’ deaths. New York Times, "‘The Other Half of My Soul’: Widows of Covid-19 Bond Over Sudden Loss," 31 Dec. 2020 The swiftness of the president’s move on transgender troops signaled a willingness by the new Biden administration to put its own stamp on Defense Department social issues. New York Times, "Biden Ends Military’s Transgender Ban, Part of Broad Discrimination Fight," 25 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of swiftness

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 May 2021

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“Swiftness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swiftness. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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