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swift British & World English

Happening quickly or promptly

swift English Thesaurus

Ramsay made a swift decision

Swift New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

, Jonathan (1667–1745), Irish satirist and Anglican cleric

Swift, Jonathan British & World English

(1667–1745), Irish satirist, poet, and Anglican cleric; known as Dean Swift. He is best known for Gulliver’s Travels (1726), a satire on human society in the form of a fantastic tale of travels in imaginary lands

swift fox British & World English

A small fox with a yellowish-buff coat and a black-tipped tail, living on the plains of North America

swift-boat British & World English

Target (a politician or public figure) with a campaign of personal attacks

chimney swift British & World English

The common swift (bird) of the eastern part of North America, with mainly dark grey plumage

ghost moth British & World English

A large European swift moth, the male of which has white wings

ghost swift in ghost moth British & World English

A large European swift moth, the male of which has white wings

swift moth in swift British & World English

A moth, typically yellow-brown in colour, with fast darting flight. The eggs are scattered in flight and the larvae live underground feeding on roots, where they can be a serious pest

Dean Swift in Swift, Jonathan British & World English

(1667–1745), Irish satirist, poet, and Anglican cleric; known as Dean Swift. He is best known for Gulliver’s Travels (1726), a satire on human society in the form of a fantastic tale of travels in imaginary lands

needletail British & World English

An Asian spine-tailed swift, believed to be the world’s fastest flying bird

needle-tailed swift in needletail British & World English

An Asian spine-tailed swift, believed to be the world’s fastest flying bird

spinetail British & World English

Any of a number of birds with pointed feather tips projecting beyond the tail:

Eurasian swift in swift British & World English

A swift-flying insectivorous bird with long, slender wings and a superficial resemblance to a swallow, spending most of its life on the wing