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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 ?
You are the swiftest, Umslopogaas," said Galazi, gasping for his breath.
It brought the east and the west together by the swiftest and easiest ways known to those times.
After a keen sail before the wind, this fourth boat --the swiftest keeled of all --seemed to have succeeded in fastening --at least, as well as the man at the mast-head could tell anything about it.
Mounting his swiftest horse, he set off in hot pursuit.
Here the main force of the current was flung back toward the south shore, and the result of our paddling was that we crossed the current where it was swiftest and narrowest.
It was humiliating for one of the swiftest sailers in the American navy.
It was a noble gathering of the fairest and the swiftest, each bearing at the bow the carved emblem of her name, as in a gallery of plaster-casts, figures of women with mural crowns, women with flowing robes, with gold fillets on their hair or blue scarves round their waists, stretching out rounded arms as if to point the way; heads of men helmeted or bare; full lengths of warriors, of kings, of statesmen, of lords and princesses, all white from top to toe; with here and there a dusky turbaned figure, bedizened in many colours, of some Eastern sultan or hero, all inclined forward under the slant of mighty bowsprits as if eager to begin another run of 11,000 miles in their leaning attitudes.
Joe, who had immediately sprung up after his fall, just as one of the swiftest horsemen rushed upon him, bounded like a panther, avoided his assailant by leaping to one side, jumped up behind him on the crupper, seized the Arab by the throat, and, strangling him with his sinewy hands and fingers of steel, flung him on the sand, and continued his headlong flight.
Good," said Astok, and a half-hour more found him rising above Dusar in his swiftest flier.
All that happened in the instant that Tarzan turned to meet the charge of the irascible rhinoceros might take long to tell, and yet would have taxed the swiftest lens to record.
After Jane Clayton, with rifle levelled at the breast of Rokoff, had succeeded in holding him off until the dugout in which she had taken refuge had drifted out upon the bosom of the Ugambi beyond the man's reach, she had lost no time in paddling to the swiftest sweep of the channel, nor did she for long days and weary nights cease to hold her craft to the most rapidly moving part of the river, except when during the hottest hours of the day she had been wont to drift as the current would take her, lying prone in the bottom of the canoe, her face sheltered from the sun with a great palm leaf.
Let Providence claim the swiftness of electricity and of light, of the stars, the comets, and the planets, of wind and sound-- we claim to have invented the swiftness of the cannon-ball, a hundred times superior to that of the swiftest horses or railway train.