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Definition of "swift" []

  • Moving or capable of moving with great speed; fast. See Synonyms at fast1. (adjective)
  • Coming, occurring, or accomplished quickly; instant: a swift retort. (adjective)
  • Quick to act or react; prompt: swift to take steps. (adjective)
  • Swiftly. Often used in combination: swift-running. (adverb)
  • A cylinder on a carding machine. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "swift" in a sentence
  • "Thoas rules [8] the land, o'er barbarians, [Thoas,] who guiding his foot swift as the pinion, has arrived at this epithet [of Thoas, i.e. _the swift_] on account of his fleetness of foot."
  • "They believe that people, when they hear the term swift boat, know that this -- or believe that that is sort of a code for underhanded politics."
  • "They believe that people when they hear the term swift boat, know that this -- or believe that that is sort of a code for underhanded politics."