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- n. the state of being swift
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being swift; speed; quickness; celerity; velocity; rapidity
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or quality of being swift; speed; rapid motion; quickness; celerity; expedition.
- n. Synonyms Rapidity, Speed, etc. See quickness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a rate (usually rapid) at which something happens
Here are the swiftness of the rapid race, and the march of slow-paced majesty, exhibited by the same poet in the same sequence of syllables, except that the exact prosodist will find the line of _swiftness_ by one time longer than that of _tardiness_.
2 The Athenians are addicted to innovation, and their designs are characterized by swiftness alike in conception and execution; you have a genius for keeping what you have got, accompanied by a total want of invention, and when forced to act you never go far enough.
The name may be connected withgandharvva, “a horse,” associated with swiftness, which is also implied by her wings.
Sir Tristram, for the stranger knight was he, felt so full of strength and joy after his long leisure, that he played with Sir Palomides, and men wondered at the might of his blows, and his swiftness was a marvel to see.
The _means_ of the hare in the fable for the race (that is, her swiftness) _secured_ her; the defects of the tortoise (her slowness) proved her
He had moved with incredible swiftness, which is often the way of heavy men under stress of feeling.
Editor's note: WRT "swiftness": NASA posted it at Jan 26, 2009 02: 34: 18 PM
 Mr. Spencer weakly argues that an advantageous attribute (such as swiftness, keen sight, courage, sagacity, strength, &c.) cannot be increased by natural selection unless it is "of greater importance, for the time being, than most of the other attributes"; and that natural selection cannot develop any one superiority when animals are equally preserved by "other superiorities."
It is only 1146 miles in length, and is marked, as the native name indicates, by the 'swiftness' of its flow.
Their Christian character, like seeds sown in some favoured tropical land, had sprung up swiftly; yet not with the dangerous kind of swiftness which presages decay of the growth.