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Meaning of SWIFT

Pronunciation:  swift

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  common western lizard; seen on logs or rocks
  2. [n]  small plain-colored bird that resembles a swallow and is noted for its rapid flight
  3. [n]  an English satirist born in Ireland (1667-1745)
  4. [n]  United States meat-packer who began the use of refrigerated railroad cars (1839-1903)
  5. [adj]  moving very fast; "fleet of foot"; "the fleet scurrying of squirrels"; "a swift current"; "swift flight of an arrow"; "a swift runner"

SWIFT is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: blue-belly, Dean Swift, fast, fleet, Gustavus Franklin Swift, Jonathan Swift, Sceloporus occidentalis, western fence lizard
 See Also: Apodidae, apodiform bird, Apus apus, Chateura pelagica, chimney swallow, chimney swift, Collocalia inexpectata, European swift, family Apodidae, fence lizard, ironist, meat packer, packer, ridiculer, satirist, swiftlet



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Swift\, a. [Compar. {Swifter}; superl. {Swiftest}.] [AS.
    swift; akin to sw[=a]pan to sweep, swipu a whip; cf.
    sw[=i]fan to move quickly, to revolve. See {Swoop}, v. i.,
    and cf. {Swivel}, {Squib}.]
    1. Moving a great distance in a short time; moving with
       celerity or velocity; fleet; rapid; quick; speedy; prompt.
             My beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear,
             slow to speak, slow to wrath.         --James i. 19.
             Swift of dispatch and easy of access. --Dryden.
             And bring upon themselves swift destruction. --2
                                                   Pet. ii. 1.
    2. Of short continuance; passing away quickly. --Shak.
    Note: Swift is often used in the formation of compounds which
          are generally self-explaining; as, swift-darting,
          swift-footed, swift-winged, etc.
    Syn: Quick; fleet; speedy; rapid; expeditious.
  2. \Swift\, adv.
    Swiftly. [Obs. or Poetic] --Shak.
          Ply swift and strong the oar.            --Southey.
  3. \Swift\, n.
    1. The current of a stream. [R.] --Walton.
    2. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small,
       long-winged, insectivorous birds of the family
       {Micropodid[ae]}. In form and habits the swifts resemble
       swallows, but they are destitute of complex vocal muscles
       and are not singing birds, but belong to a widely
       different group allied to the humming birds.
    Note: The common European swift ({Cypselus, or Micropus,
          apus}) nests in church steeples and under the tiles of
          roofs, and is noted for its rapid flight and shrill
          screams. It is called also {black martin}, {black
          swift}, {hawk swallow}, {devil bird}, {swingdevil},
          {screech martin}, and {shreik owl}. The common
          American, or chimney, swift ({Ch[ae]tura pelagica}) has
          sharp rigid tips to the tail feathers. It attaches its
          nest to the inner walls of chimneys, and is called also
          {chimney swallow}. The Australian swift ({Ch[ae]tura
          caudacuta}) also has sharp naked tips to the tail
          quills. The European Alpine swift ({Cypselus melba}) is
          whitish beneath, with a white band across the breast.
          The common Indian swift is {Cypselus affinis}. See also
          {Palm swift}, under {Palm}, and {Tree swift}, under
    3. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of lizards, as the
       pine lizard.
    4. (Zo["o]l.) The ghost moth. See under {Ghost}.
    5. [Cf. {Swivel}.] A reel, or turning instrument, for winding
       yarn, thread, etc.; -- used chiefly in the plural.
    6. The main card cylinder of a flax-carding machine.