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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.swiftness - a rate (usually rapid) at which something happens; "the project advanced with gratifying speed"
pace, rate - the relative speed of progress or change; "he lived at a fast pace"; "he works at a great rate"; "the pace of events accelerated"
haste, hastiness, hurriedness, hurry, precipitation - overly eager speed (and possible carelessness); "he soon regretted his haste"
execution speed - (computer science) the speed with which a computational device can execute instructions; measured in MIPS
graduality, gradualness - the quality of being gradual or of coming about by gradual stages

swiftness

noun
1. rapidity, speed, quickness, promptness The secrecy and swiftness of the invasion shocked and amazed army officers.
2. speed, velocity, alacrity, expedition, dispatch, fleetness, celerity, speediness With incredible swiftness she ran down the passage.

swiftness

noun
Translations
سُرْعَه
rychlost
hurtighed
hraîi, snerpa
çabuklukhızlı olma

swiftness

[ˈswɪftnɪs] N [of runner] → rapidez f, velocidad f; [of reaction] → prontitud f, rapidez f

swiftness

[ˈswɪftnɪs] nrapidité f

swiftness

nSchnelligkeit f; (of movement, steps also)Flinkheit f; (of reaction, reply also)Promptheit f; (of pace)Raschheit f; the swiftness of the currentdie reißende Strömung

swiftness

[ˈswɪftnɪs] n (see adj) → rapidità, repentinità, velocità, prontezza

swift1

(swift) adjective
fast or quick. a swift horse; Our methods are swift and efficient; a swift-footed animal.
ˈswiftly adverb
ˈswiftness noun
References in classic literature ?
In the center of the little island, a few short and stunted pines had found root, forming a thicket, into which Hawkeye darted with the swiftness of a deer, followed by the active Duncan.
Nothing gives a sadder sense of decay than this loss or suspension of the power to deal with unaccustomed things, and to keep up with the swiftness of the passing moment.
Soon all the boats but Starbuck's were dropped; all the boat-sails set --all the paddles plying; with rippling swiftness, shooting to leeward; and Ahab heading the onset.
It is the way of the Alps to deliver death to their victims with a merciful swiftness, but here the rule failed.
Then he put out his strength and the swiftness of his feet, and lo
The swiftness of those Circles attribute, Though numberless, to his Omnipotence, That to corporeal substances could adde Speed almost Spiritual; mee thou thinkst not slow, Who since the Morning hour set out from Heav'n Where God resides, and ere mid-day arriv'd In EDEN, distance inexpressible By Numbers that have name.
sets forth with his court to a gallant hunting-match in Sherwood Forest, in which, as is not unusual for princes in romance, he falls in with a deer of extraordinary size and swiftness, and pursues it closely, till he has outstripped his whole retinue, tired out hounds and horse, and finds himself alone under the gloom of an extensive forest, upon which night is descending.
They all agreed that I could not be produced according to the regular laws of nature, because I was not framed with a capacity of preserving my life, either by swiftness, or climbing of trees, or digging holes in the earth.
From the corner of the divan of Persian saddle-bags on which he was lying, smoking, as was his custom, innumerable cigarettes, Lord Henry Wotton could just catch the gleam of the honey-sweet and honey-coloured blossoms of a laburnum, whose tremulous branches seemed hardly able to bear the burden of a beauty so flamelike as theirs; and now and then the fantastic shadows of birds in flight flitted across the long tussore-silk curtains that were stretched in front of the huge window, producing a kind of momentary Japanese effect, and making him think of those pallid, jade-faced painters of Tokyo who, through the medium of an art that is necessarily immobile, seek to convey the sense of swiftness and motion.
Without waiting for an answer--which, indeed, I could hardly have given him, so great was my fright--he seized hold of me, and darted up into the air with the quickness of lightning, and then, with equal swiftness, dropped down towards the earth.
But in spite of the swiftness with which they flew through the air, the time passed even quicker for Saphir and Serpentine, who had so much to think about.
These fowls, of which I have seen many, are very tame, and when they are pursued, stretch out their wings, and run with amazing swiftness.