swiftness

noun
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

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 Your swiftness and efficiency will go a long way in getting that ‘yes’ your team needs. Nathan Peart, Forbes, 28 June 2022 The state’s highest court is moving with uncharacteristic swiftness to weigh a recent challenge by the Massachusetts Republican Party that argues a new law that makes universal mail-in voting permanent is not constitutional. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 5 July 2022 Speaking later on Friday at a news conference, Gov. Greg Abbott, R, who had previously praised the swiftness of the law enforcement response, said he was given incorrect information. Teo Armus, Mark Berman And Tim Craig, Anchorage Daily News, 28 May 2022 One of the most amusing aspects of the movie — and of Swinton’s characteristically batty-brainy performance — is the swiftness with which Alithea gets used to having a 3,000-year-old djinn for company. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 May 2022 Having moved to midfield, his swiftness utilized as a football safety comes in handy. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 11 Apr. 2022 The Omicron variant has moved with extraordinary swiftness across the country, from New York to Hawaii, both of which reported more coronavirus cases in the past week than in any other seven-day period of the pandemic. New York Times, 27 Dec. 2021 While the ultimate effect on local taxpayers remains to be seen, the swiftness of Florida’s reaction might give pause to other companies operating in the Sunshine state. Timothy J. Mcclimon, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Russia’s multiprong invasion from the south, east, and north continued to unfold Friday with stunning breadth and swiftness across Ukraine, a country of 44 million people that declared its independence in 1991 after the fall of the Soviet Union. Martin Kuz, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of swiftness

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

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Last Updated

9 Aug 2022

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“Swiftness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swiftness. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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