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Meaning of SWIFT

Pronunciation:  swift

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  common western lizard; seen on logs or rocks
  2. [n]  small plain-colored bird that resembles a swallow and is noted for its rapid flight
  3. [n]  an English satirist born in Ireland (1667-1745)
  4. [n]  United States meat-packer who began the use of refrigerated railroad cars (1839-1903)
  5. [adj]  moving very fast; "fleet of foot"; "the fleet scurrying of squirrels"; "a swift current"; "swift flight of an arrow"; "a swift runner"
 

SWIFT is a 5 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: blue-belly, Dean Swift, fast, fleet, Gustavus Franklin Swift, Jonathan Swift, Sceloporus occidentalis, western fence lizard
 
 See Also: Apodidae, apodiform bird, Apus apus, Chateura pelagica, chimney swallow, chimney swift, Collocalia inexpectata, European swift, family Apodidae, fence lizard, ironist, meat packer, packer, ridiculer, satirist, swiftlet

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Swift\, a. [Compar. {Swifter}; superl. {Swiftest}.] [AS.
    swift; akin to sw[=a]pan to sweep, swipu a whip; cf.
    sw[=i]fan to move quickly, to revolve. See {Swoop}, v. i.,
    and cf. {Swivel}, {Squib}.]
    1. Moving a great distance in a short time; moving with
       celerity or velocity; fleet; rapid; quick; speedy; prompt.
    
             My beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear,
             slow to speak, slow to wrath.         --James i. 19.
    
             Swift of dispatch and easy of access. --Dryden.
    
             And bring upon themselves swift destruction. --2
                                                   Pet. ii. 1.
    
    2. Of short continuance; passing away quickly. --Shak.
    
    Note: Swift is often used in the formation of compounds which
          are generally self-explaining; as, swift-darting,
          swift-footed, swift-winged, etc.
    
    Syn: Quick; fleet; speedy; rapid; expeditious.
    
    
  2. \Swift\, adv.
    Swiftly. [Obs. or Poetic] --Shak.
    
          Ply swift and strong the oar.            --Southey.
    
    
  3. \Swift\, n.
    1. The current of a stream. [R.] --Walton.
    
    2. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small,
       long-winged, insectivorous birds of the family
       {Micropodid[ae]}. In form and habits the swifts resemble
       swallows, but they are destitute of complex vocal muscles
       and are not singing birds, but belong to a widely
       different group allied to the humming birds.
    
    Note: The common European swift ({Cypselus, or Micropus,
          apus}) nests in church steeples and under the tiles of
          roofs, and is noted for its rapid flight and shrill
          screams. It is called also {black martin}, {black
          swift}, {hawk swallow}, {devil bird}, {swingdevil},
          {screech martin}, and {shreik owl}. The common
          American, or chimney, swift ({Ch[ae]tura pelagica}) has
          sharp rigid tips to the tail feathers. It attaches its
          nest to the inner walls of chimneys, and is called also
          {chimney swallow}. The Australian swift ({Ch[ae]tura
          caudacuta}) also has sharp naked tips to the tail
          quills. The European Alpine swift ({Cypselus melba}) is
          whitish beneath, with a white band across the breast.
          The common Indian swift is {Cypselus affinis}. See also
          {Palm swift}, under {Palm}, and {Tree swift}, under
          {Tree}.
    
    3. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of lizards, as the
       pine lizard.
    
    4. (Zo["o]l.) The ghost moth. See under {Ghost}.
    
    5. [Cf. {Swivel}.] A reel, or turning instrument, for winding
       yarn, thread, etc.; -- used chiefly in the plural.
    
    6. The main card cylinder of a flax-carding machine.
    
    
    
    
 

 

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