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swift

 (swĭft)
adj. swift·er, swift·est
1. Moving or capable of moving with great speed; fast. See Synonyms at fast1.
2. Coming, occurring, or accomplished quickly: a swift retort.
3. Quick to act or react: swift to take revenge.
adv.
Swiftly. Often used in combination: swift-running.
n.
1.
a. A cylinder on a carding machine.
b. A reel used to hold yarn as it is being wound off.
2. Any of various small dark insect-eating birds of the family Apodidae, having long pointed wings and a short forked tail, and noted for their swift flight.
3. Any of various small, fast-moving North American lizards, especially of the genus Sceloporus.

[Middle English, from Old English.]

swift′ly adv.
swift′ness n.

swift

(swɪft)
adj
1. moving or able to move quickly; fast
2. occurring or performed quickly or suddenly; instant: a swift response.
3. (foll by: to) prompt to act or respond: swift to take revenge.
adv
a. swiftly or quickly
b. (in combination): swift-moving.
n
4. (Animals) any bird of the families Apodidae and Hemiprocnidae, such as Apus apus (common swift) of the Old World: order Apodiformes. They have long narrow wings and spend most of the time on the wing
5. (Breeds) (sometimes capital) a variety of domestic fancy pigeon originating in Egypt and Syria and having an appearance somewhat similar to a swift
6. (Animals) short for swift moth
7. (Animals) any of certain North American lizards of the genera Sceloporus and Uta that can run very rapidly: family Iguanidae (iguanas)
8. (Textiles) the main cylinder in a carding machine
9. (Textiles) an expanding circular frame used to hold skeins of silk, wool, etc
[Old English, from swīfan to turn; related to Old Norse svifa to rove, Old Frisian swīvia to waver, Old High German sweib a reversal; see swivel]
ˈswiftly adv
ˈswiftness n

Swift

(swɪft)
n
1. (Biography) Graham Colin. born 1949, English writer: his novels include Waterland (1983), Last Orders (1996), which won the Booker prize, and The Light of Day (2002)
2. (Biography) Jonathan. 1667–1745, Anglo-Irish satirist and churchman, who became dean of St Patrick's, Dublin, in 1713. His works include A Tale of a Tub (1704) and Gulliver's Travels (1726)
ˈSwiftian adj

swift

(swɪft)

adj. -er, -est,
adv., n. adj.
1. moving or capable of moving with great speed or velocity: a swift boat.
2. coming, happening, or performed quickly or without delay: a swift decision.
3. quick to act or respond.
4. Slang. smart; clever.
adv.
5. in a swift manner.
n.
6. any of numerous long-winged, swallowlike birds of the family Apodidae, related to the hummingbirds and noted for their rapid flight.
7. any of several lizards, esp. of the genus Sceloporus.
8. any of various devices to hold a hank of yarn for winding off into skeins.
[before 900; Old English (adj.); akin to Old English swīfan to revolve, Old Norse svīfa to rove; compare swivel]
swift′ly, adv.
swift′ness, n.
syn: See quick.

Swift

(swɪft)

n.
Jonathan ( “Isaac Bickerstaff” ), 1667–1745, English satirist and clergyman, born in Ireland.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Swift - United States meat-packer who began the use of refrigerated railroad cars (1839-1903)
2.swift - an English satirist born in Ireland (1667-1745)Swift - an English satirist born in Ireland (1667-1745)
3.swift - a small bird that resembles a swallow and is noted for its rapid flight
apodiform bird - nonpasserine bird having long wings and weak feet; spends much of its time in flight
Apodidae, family Apodidae - swifts; in former classifications included in the order Coraciiformes
Apus apus, European swift - common European bird with a shrieking call that nests chiefly about eaves of buildings or on cliffs
Chateura pelagica, chimney swallow, chimney swift - American swift that nests in e.g. unused chimneys
Collocalia inexpectata, swiftlet - swift of eastern Asia; produces the edible bird's nest
4.swift - common western lizard; seen on logs or rocks
fence lizard - spiny lizard often seen basking on fences in the United States and northern Mexico
Adj.1.swift - moving very fast; "fleet of foot"; "the fleet scurrying of squirrels"; "a swift current"; "swift flight of an arrow"; "a swift runner"
fast - acting or moving or capable of acting or moving quickly; "fast film"; "on the fast track in school"; "set a fast pace"; "a fast car"

swift

1
adjective
1. quick, immediate, prompt, rapid, instant, abrupt, ready, expeditious We need to make a swift decision.
2. fast, quick, rapid, flying, express, winged, sudden, fleet, hurried, speedy, spanking, nimble, quickie (informal), nippy (Brit. informal), fleet-footed, pdq (slang) a swift runner
fast slow, sluggish, plodding, lingering, ponderous, unhurried, tardy, lead-footed, tortoise-like

swift

2 noun
Related words
collective noun flock

swift

adjective
1. Characterized by great celerity:
Informal: hell-for-leather.
Idiom: quick as a bunny.
2. Accomplished in very little time:
Translations
سَريع، رَشيقسَمامَه: طائِر يُشْبِه السُّنونو
rorýsrychlý
hurtighurtig-mursejler
nopeasukkelatervapääskyvikkelävinha
gyorssebes
snöggur, fljótursvölungur
rondoneprontorapidosalamandra acquaiolasvelto
čiurlys
ātrsstraujšsvīre
jerzyk
dažďovník
hiter
tornseglare
çabukdağ kırlangıcıhızlı

swift

[swɪft]
A. ADJ (swifter (compar) (swiftest (superl))) [runner, animal, vehicle, current] → rápido, veloz; [reaction] → pronto, rápido; [decision, response, journey, victory] → rápido; [river] → de corriente rápida
we must be swift to acttenemos que obrar con prontitud
to wish sb a swift recoverydesear a algn una pronta mejoría
swift of footde pies ligeros
to be swift to angerser propenso a enfadarse
B. N (= bird) → vencejo m

swift

[ˈswɪft]
n (= bird) → martinet m
adj
(= prompt) [response, action, decision] → rapide
to be swift to do sth → être prompt(e) à faire qch
[runner, movement] → rapide

swift

adj (+er)schnell; movement, steps alsoflink; reaction, reply also, revengeprompt; runner alsoflink, flott; paceflott, rasch; to take swift actionschnell handeln; swift of foot (liter)schnellfüßig; to be swift to angerjähzornig sein; to be swift to do somethingetw schnell tun
n (= bird)Mauersegler m

swift

:
swift-flowing
swift-footed
adj (liter)schnellfüßig

swift

[swɪft]
1. adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl))) (movement) → rapido/a, repentino/a; (runner) → veloce; (reply, reaction) → pronto/a
2. n (bird) → rondone m

swift1

(swift) adjective
fast or quick. a swift horse; Our methods are swift and efficient; a swift-footed animal.
ˈswiftly adverb
ˈswiftness noun

swift2

(swift) noun
a type of bird rather like a swallow.

swift

a. ligero-a; fácil, sin complicación;
a ___ operationuna operación fácil, sin complicaciones.
References in classic literature ?
Here in this stable I leave the ant's wings that lifted me up into the air for the swifts and other birds to eat me, and let's take to level ground and our feet once more; and if they're not shod in pinked shoes of cordovan, they won't want for rough sandals of hemp; 'every ewe to her like,' 'and let no one stretch his leg beyond the length of the sheet;' and now let me pass, for it's growing late with me.
Here were different sights from what one saw in the forest; hedgerows, broad fields of barley corn, pasture lands rolling upward till they met the sky and all dotted over with flocks of white sheep, hayfields whence came the odor of new-mown hay that lay in smooth swathes over which skimmed the swifts in rapid flight; such they saw, and different was it, I wot, from the tangled depths of the sweet woodlands, but full as fair.
Aunt Elizabeth Swift, a grey competent- looking widow with money in the Winesburg Na- tional Bank, lived there with her daughter Kate Swift, a school teacher.
Swift was now rather old and feeble, taking only a nominal part in the activities of the firm made up of himself and his son.
There was only--spring itself; the throb of it, the light restlessness, the vital essence of it everywhere: in the sky, in the swift clouds, in the pale sunshine, and in the warm, high wind--rising suddenly, sinking suddenly, impulsive and playful like a big puppy that pawed you and then lay down to be petted.
It would seem that interest in the result had kept the natives on the opposite shores in breathless suspense, while the quick evolutions and swift changes in the positions of the combatants effectually prevented a fire that might prove dangerous alike to friend and enemy.
It seemed that somewhat late on the afternoon of the day previous, while three of the stranger's boats were engaged with a shoal of whales, which had led them some four or five miles from the ship; and while they were yet in swift chase to windward, the white hump and head of Moby Dick had suddenly loomed up out of the blue water, not very far to leeward; whereupon, the fourth rigged boat --a reserved one --had been instantly lowered in chase.
Neither squeals of hogs nor tears of visitors made any difference to them; one by one they hooked up the hogs, and one by one with a swift stroke they slit their throats.
They are bad sailors," said Jip; "and their ship is very swift.
Still the flowing stream Sweeps on, but the swift torrents of green hours Are licked into the brazen skies between Their widening banks.
Here, where on golden throne the monarch lolled, Glides, spectre-like, unto his marble home, Lit by the wanlight swift and silent lizard of the stones!