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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English swift, from Old English swift (swift; quick), from Proto-Germanic *swiftaz (swift; quick), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)weyp- (to twist; wind around). Cognate with Icelandic svipta (to pull quickly), Old English swīfan (to revolve, sweep, wend, intervene). More at swivel.

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  • IPA(key): /swɪft/
  • (file)
  • Homophone: Swift
  • Rhymes: -ɪft

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swift (comparative swifter, superlative swiftest)

  1. Fast; quick; rapid.
    • 2011 November 12, “International friendly: England 1-0 Spain”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Spain were provoked into a response and Villa almost provided a swift equaliser when he rounded Hart but found the angle too acute and could only hit the side-netting.
  2. Capable of moving at high speeds.

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NounEdit

 
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swift (plural swifts)

  1. A small plain-colored bird of the family Apodidae that resembles a swallow and is noted for its rapid flight.
  2. Any of certain lizards of the genus Sceloporus.
  3. A moth of the family Hepialidae, swift moth, ghost moth.
    • 2013 May-June, William E. Conner, “An Acoustic Arms Race”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, page 206-7:
      Earless ghost swift moths become “invisible” to echolocating bats by forming mating clusters close (less than half a meter) above vegetation and effectively blending into the clutter of echoes that the bat receives from the leaves and stems around them.
  4. A reel for winding yarn.
  5. The main cylinder of a carding-machine.
  6. (obsolete) The current of a stream.

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swift (comparative more swift, superlative most swift)

  1. (obsolete, poetic) Swiftly.

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Old EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From the verb swīfan.

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swift

  1. swift, quick

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