1Happening quickly or promptly: a remarkably swift recovery
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- Her eyes quickly made a swift sweep of the people in the room.
- With his domestic problems and this illness, we all pray for a swift recovery.
- If Myles is reading this, hope the op went well and wish a swift recovery, looking forward to getting you back on the golf course
prompt, rapid, sudden, immediate, instant, instantaneous, without delay, ready, punctual;
abrupt, unhesitating, hasty, hurried, precipitate, headlong
informal p.d.q. (pretty damn quick)
rapid, quick, brisk, lively, speedy, fast, high-speed, expeditious, express, breakneck, meteoric, whirlwind
informal spanking, nippy
1.1Moving or capable of moving at high speed: the water was very swift the swiftest horse in his stable
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- The beast is replaced with a thin, swift reptile that is capable taking sharp corners and hiding inside buildings.
- White and pale camels are much preferred by the men as mounts, especially those which are swift moving, sleek and pleasant to the eye.
- As one would expect, this is a very swift car, well capable of getting to 60 mph in less than six seconds and with a top speed beyond 150 mph.
fast, rapid, quick, speedy, fleet-footed, fleet, swift as an arrow, like the wind, like lightning
literary winged, flying
informal nippy, supersonic
adverbliterary except in combination
1A swift-flying insectivorous bird with long, slender wings and a superficial resemblance to a swallow, spending most of its life on the wing.
- Family Apodidae: several genera and numerous species, in particular the common Eurasian swift (Apus apus)
- The White-throated Swift is a large, slender swift with long wings and a narrow tail, usually held closed into a point.
- Data gathered on the acceleration of swifts and swallows illustrate another compromise: Birds with low wing loading and high aspect ratio suffer from lower acceleration performance.
- Swallows, swifts and nighthawks, all pursuing flying insects, fly erratically.
3A light, adjustable reel for holding a skein of silk or wool.
- Illustrated in the book are other articles made in the Dominy shop for family use, such as a wooden bowl made of a burl from an apple tree and a swift to wind wool yarn.
Old English (as an adjective), from the Germanic base of Old English swīfan 'move in a course, sweep'. The bird name dates from the mid 17th century.
Words that rhyme with swiftadrift, drift, gift, grift, lift, rift, shift, shrift, sift, squiffed, thrift, uplift
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