swift

adjective
\ ˈswift How to pronounce swift (audio) \

Definition of swift

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1 : moving or capable of moving with great speed a swift runner
2 : occurring suddenly or within a very short time a swift transition
3 : quick to respond : ready

swift

adverb

Definition of swift (Entry 2 of 5)

: swiftly swift-flowing

swift

noun

Definition of swift (Entry 3 of 5)

1 : any of several lizards (especially of the genus Sceloporus) that run swiftly
2 : a reel for winding yarn or thread
3 : any of numerous small plainly colored birds (family Apodidae) that are related to the hummingbirds but superficially much resemble swallows

Swift

biographical name (1)
\ ˈswift How to pronounce Swift (audio) \

Definition of Swift (Entry 4 of 5)

Gustavus Franklin 1839–1903 American meatpacker

Swift

biographical name (2)

Definition of Swift (Entry 5 of 5)

Jonathan 1667–1745 English (Irish-born) satirist

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Swiftian \ ˈswif-​tē-​ən How to pronounce Swift (audio) \ adjective

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Adjective

fast, rapid, swift, fleet, quick, speedy, hasty, expeditious mean moving, proceeding, or acting with celerity. fast and rapid are very close in meaning, but fast applies particularly to the thing that moves fast horses and rapid to the movement itself. rapid current swift suggests great rapidity coupled with ease of movement. returned the ball with one swift stroke fleet adds the implication of lightness and nimbleness. fleet runners quick suggests promptness and the taking of little time. a quick wit speedy implies quickness of successful accomplishment speedy delivery of mail and may also suggest unusual velocity. hasty suggests hurry and precipitousness and often connotes carelessness. a hasty inspection expeditious suggests efficiency together with rapidity of accomplishment. the expeditious handling of an order

Examples of swift in a Sentence

Adjective a swift and accurate response the sleekest, swiftest boat ever to have sailed in the regatta Adverb tried to cross the swift-flowing river
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Winning South Carolina by nearly 30 percentage points, Biden's victory was enough to bounce out a handful of competitors who endorsed him in swift succession. Meg Kinnard, ajc, 25 Oct. 2021 Between the operating and entrepreneurial experience of the women in Athena’s management and advisory ranks, and the proof point of Athena Technology’s swift acquisition of Heliogen, Park is bullish on Athena Consumer’s potential deal flow. Maggie Mcgrath, Forbes, 22 Oct. 2021 The market remained swift in September, with properties typically staying on the market for 17 days, according to the NAR report. Anna Bahney, CNN, 21 Oct. 2021 Despite the swift identification and suspension of the accounts, the same theory is still spreading on Twitter, Schliebs said. NBC News, 21 Oct. 2021 In October 2019, Morey and the NBA ended up apologizing after Morey’s tweet in support of Hong Kong protests drew swift business repercussions in China. Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2021 Interchangeable textured grips provide additional comfort while ensuring your thumb and pinky naturally rest against the mouse for swift movements. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, 20 Oct. 2021 After a swift public apology from senior Netflixers, and maybe even a Notes-app one from Chappelle, we’d all be happily bingeing Halloween films 'til Christmas. Raven Smith, Vogue, 20 Oct. 2021 In October 2019, Morey and the NBA ended up apologizing after Morey's tweet in support of Hong Kong protests drew swift business repercussions in China. BostonGlobe.com, 20 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb That trip was referenced in the whistle-blower complaint that sparked the House’s swift-moving impeachment inquiry. Jennifer Jacobs, Time, 17 Oct. 2019 As of Monday, Golden Police Chief Bill Kilpatrick and Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Schrader are restricting water activities on Clear Creek because of swift-moving water and floating debris. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, 1 July 2019 By The Numbers 5 The forecast for Colorado’s 2019 whitewater rafting season: Rad, thanks to epic snowfall this winter that will likely spell swift-moving rivers. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, 19 June 2019 The forecast for Colorado’s 2019 whitewater rafting season: Rad, thanks to epic snowfall this winter that will likely spell swift-moving rivers. Brittany Anas, The Know, 18 June 2019 The Trump Administration’s swift-moving plan to promote 5G networks is running into resistance from the weather-forecasting community. Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, 14 May 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The intentional setting of a wildland fire can have swift, profound consequences. NBC News, 28 Sep. 2021 Many economists and lawmakers believe the Fed's swift and extremely aggressive steps in March 2020 prevented the Covid recession from morphing into a depression or full scale financial meltdown. Matt Egan, CNN, 29 Sep. 2021 His reasoning is that recent high price increases – for things like used and new cars, hotel rooms, and airline tickets – have been driven mainly by supply shortages related to the swift reopening of the economy. Christopher Rugaber, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 July 2021 Privacy advocates warn that the swift, largely unchecked growth of such tracking technologies has outpaced existing laws in most states, leaving individuals vulnerable to identity theft, invasion of privacy and discriminatory practices. NBC News, 16 Sep. 2021 The swift-moving flames were so intense in some places that even though these trees had evolved with low-level fires, almost all of them perished. April Reese, Scientific American, 5 Aug. 2021 Every story demands a language of its own and Raven chooses a fluid, swift-moving style, which takes some getting used to. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 But now that movement of water isn’t that swift and doesn’t always happen. David Fleshler, sun-sentinel.com, 4 Sep. 2021 Her forehand power and placement were strong, which made her match against Gauff all the more swift. Alex Coffey, USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of swift

Adjective

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

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for swift

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old English swīfan to revolve — more at swivel

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The first known use of swift was before the 12th century

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“Swift.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swift. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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swift

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of swift

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: happening or done quickly or immediately
: moving or able to move very fast
: smart or intelligent

swift

noun

English Language Learners Definition of swift (Entry 3 of 2)

: a small bird that has long, narrow wings

swift

adjective
\ ˈswift How to pronounce swift (audio) \
swifter; swiftest

Kids Definition of swift

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : moving or capable of moving with great speed a swift river a swift runner
2 : occurring suddenly a swift kick a swift descent

Other Words from swift

swiftly adverb
swiftness noun

swift

adverb

Kids Definition of swift (Entry 2 of 3)

: in a swift manner I crossed a swift-flowing river.

swift

noun

Kids Definition of swift (Entry 3 of 3)

: a small usually black bird that is related to the hummingbirds but looks like a swallow

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