swift·ness | \ˈswif(t)-nəs \

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

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The Orioles aren’t known for their swiftness in making any move. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles hope to move Manny Machado soon, but market doesn't seem to be budging," 6 July 2018 Armed with his weapon of choice, a ball-peen hammer, Joe gets the job done with a swiftness and efficiency that find an echo in Ramsay's filmmaking. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Joaquin Phoenix descends into a hellish New York underworld in the haunting 'You Were Never Really Here'," 5 Apr. 2018 The social realignments of middle school can happen with stunning swiftness. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: You Know She Should Be Glad," 22 June 2018 The swiftness by which the Astros dismissed the Rangers in '18, however, is a little more eye-raising. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Rangers balk at another weird way to lose to Astros," 10 June 2018 But the swiftness of the immigration agency’s action was deeply unsettling for his wife, Sandra Chica, and their children and outraged Democratic lawmakers and officials. Liz Robbins, New York Times, "Judge Stops Deportation of a New York Pizza Delivery Man," 9 June 2018 Such is that swiftness — rivals have derided it as aggressiveness — that SoftBank is often willing to pour huge sums into early startups at enormous valuations, crowding out other potential investors in the process. BostonGlobe.com, "SoftBank fund puts $2.25 billion in GM’s driverless unit," 1 June 2018 In a move of surprising swiftness, the orchestra announced on Friday, March 16, that Hope would succeed Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg as music director. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "New Century appoints Daniel Hope as music director," 16 Mar. 2018 The swiftness of Justify’s rise sets him apart from previous Triple Crown candidates. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Five storylines as Justify prepares for his Triple Crown bid in Belmont Stakes," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of swiftness

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

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