swift

(redirected from swift moths)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia.
Related to swift moths: Ghost Moth

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 periodicals archive ?
Wagner, one of the world's foremost authorities on swift moths, joined the project in May 1987.
Wagner says a British specialist told him that you can identify swift moths by "the little sonic booms you hear when they fly by your head.
But conifer swift moths have yet another biological quirk that makes them even more inconspicuous than other ghost moths.