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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)
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)
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 ?
Make it sweet and swift and strong, Spirit, answer now my song!
The figure would be silent--it would be swift and terrible.
Tom Swift, who had been slowly looking through the pages of a magazine, in the contents of which he seemed to be deeply interested, turned the final folio, ruffled the sheets back again to look at a certain map and drawing, and then, slapping the book down on a table before him, with a noise not unlike that of a shot, exclaimed:
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.
The swift breeze seemed to Edna to bury the sting of it into the pores of her face and hands.
At the next instant the form of Chingachgook appeared from the bushes, looking like a specter in its paint, and glided across the path in swift pursuit.
She looked into his bloodshot eyes, and cast a swift glance at the decanter.
within are shabby shelves, ranged round with old decanters, bottles, flasks; and in those jaws of swift destruction, like another cursed Jonah (by which name indeed they called him), bustles a little withered old man, who, for their money, dearly sells the sailors deliriums and death.
Thou saw'st the murdered mate when tossed by pirates from the midnight deck; for hours he fell into the deeper midnight of the insatiate maw; and his murderers still sailed on unharmed --while swift lightnings shivered the neighboring ship that would have borne a righteous husband to outstretched, longing arms.
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.
Make your feet swift, my brother, for we shall journey far to-night.
They are bad sailors," said Jip; "and their ship is very swift.