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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But other investors’ anxieties have already reached a fever pitch, as the swiftness of this week’s pullback has rekindled fears of the 2008 financial crisis and the dot-com bubble in 2000. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Slump on Tech Worries," 26 Oct. 2018 The swiftness of the agricultural revolution makes the interaction at Iron Gates all the more interesting. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 But the swiftness of trials—and death sentences—has shocked human-rights groups like Amnesty International. Sophia Jones, Marie Claire, "The Truth About The Wives of ISIS," 4 Oct. 2018 The swiftness with which Facebook and YouTube cast out Alex Jones does not indicate responsible moderation, and certainly is not a display of thoughtful moral leadership. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Apple crushed Alex Jones — then tossed him a lifeline," 8 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of swiftness

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

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