from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Moving or capable of moving with great speed; fast. See Synonyms at fast1.
- adj. Coming, occurring, or accomplished quickly; instant: a swift retort.
- adj. Quick to act or react; prompt: swift to take steps.
- adv. Swiftly. Often used in combination: swift-running.
- n. A cylinder on a carding machine.
- n. A reel used to hold yarn as it is being wound off.
- n. Any of various small dark insect-eating birds of the family Apodidae, related to the hummingbirds and noted for their long strong wings and swift flight.
- n. Any of various small, fast-moving North American lizards of the genera Sceloporus and Uta.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. fast; quick; rapid.
- adj. Capable of moving at high speeds.
- n. The current of a stream.
- n. A small plain-colored bird (of the family Micropodidæ) that resembles a swallow and is noted for its rapid flight. Common European swift: Cypselus, ∨ Micropus, apus. The common American, or chimney, swift: Chætura pelagica. The Australian swift: Chætura caudacuta. The European Alpine swift: Cypselus melba. The common Indian swift: Cypselus affinis.
- n. A western fence lizard, swift, blue-belly, Sceloporus occidentalis -- (common western lizard; seen on logs or rocks)
- n. The ghost moth.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Moving a great distance in a short time; moving with celerity or velocity; fleet; rapid; quick; speedy; prompt.
- adj. Of short continuance; passing away quickly.
- adv. Swiftly.
- n. The current of a stream.
- n. Any one of numerous species of small, long-winged, insectivorous birds of the family Micropodidæ. 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.
- n. Any one of several species of lizards, as the pine lizard.
- n. The ghost moth. See under Ghost.
- n. A reel, or turning instrument, for winding yarn, thread, etc.; -- used chiefly in the plural.
- n. The main card cylinder of a flax-carding machine.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Moving with great speed, celerity, velocity, or rapidity; fleet; rapid; speedy.
- Ready; prompt; quick.
- Of short continuance; swiftly or rapidly passing.
- n. The swifter part of a stream; the current.
- n. An adjustable machine upon which a skein of yarn, silk, or other thread is put, in order that it may be wound off.
- n. The main card-cylinder in a flax-carding machine.
- n. A bird of the family Cypselidæ: so called from its rapidity of flight.
- n. A breed of domestic pigeons, of which there are several color-varieties.
- n. The common newt or eft.
- n. One of several small lizards which run with great swiftness, as the common brown fence-lizard of the United States, Sceloporus undulatus. See cut under Sceloporus.
- n. A ghost-swift, ghost-moth, or goat-moth; one of the Epialidæ: so called from the rapid flight.
- n. A goat-moth, Epialus vellida.
- In a swift or rapid manner; swiftly.
- To reef (a sail).
- n. A tackle used in tightening standing rigging.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. United States meat-packer who began the use of refrigerated railroad cars (1839-1903)
- n. an English satirist born in Ireland (1667-1745)
- adj. moving very fast
- n. a small bird that resembles a swallow and is noted for its rapid flight
- n. common western lizard; seen on logs or rocks
Middle English, from Old English.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English swift ("swift, quick"), from Proto-Germanic *swiftaz (“swift, quick”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)weip-, *(s)weib- (“to twist, wind around”). Cognate with Icelandic svipta ("to pull quickly"), Old English swīfan ("to revolve, sweep, wend, intervene"). More at swivel. (Wiktionary)