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 Both the swiftness of the decline and the heady valuation of the market at the beginning could lengthen the recovery time. Michael P. Regan, Bloomberg.com, "The Most Unloved Bull Market Finally Comes to an End," 19 Feb. 2020 Italy’s slowness compares with Germany’s swiftness. Alberto Brambilla, Bloomberg.com, "Italy’s Crisis Funds May Come Too Late for Desperate Firms," 7 May 2020 At the Milwaukee County public behavioral health hospital, questions are arising about the swiftness and effectiveness of the coronavirus response. Rory Linnane, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As pandemic toll mounts nationally, a glimmer of hope in Milwaukee as critically ill man receives plasma treatment," 11 Apr. 2020 The limited timeframe of the survey highlights the swiftness of COVID-19's impact on the industry. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Report: Michigan restaurants lost $491M in sales, 72,000 jobs due to coronavirus," 1 Apr. 2020 Coronavirus has turned the world upside down with remarkable swiftness. David Moore, Dallas News, "With the rest of the sports world on hiatus, the Cowboys, NFL have an ideal opportunity to fill the void," 14 Mar. 2020 Broncos — Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama: If Ruggs is still available at this point, John Elway might race to get his draft card in with a swiftness befitting the receiver who ran a combine-best 4.27-second 40-yard dash. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFL mock draft 2020: QB Justin Herbert falls out of top 10 in pre-free agency first round," 10 Mar. 2020 The first quarter's plunge is all the more remarkable for its swiftness, given that both the Dow and S&P 500 reached record highs in mid-February. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Stocks suffer their worst quarter since 2008," 31 Mar. 2020 Given this, Sanders was fated to struggle in a true two-man race, and the swiftness with which Democratic leaders and the press managed to bring that race about left the campaign little time to react. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "After Bernie," 19 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of swiftness

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

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“Swiftness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swiftness. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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