swift·​ness ˈswif(t)-nəs How to pronounce swiftness (audio)
: the quality or state of being swift : celerity
: 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
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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of swiftness was before the 12th century

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“Swiftness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swiftness. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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