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Definition of Swift


  1. Moving a great distance in a short time; moving with celerity or velocity; fleet; rapid; quick; speedy; prompt.
  2. Of short continuance; passing away quickly.
  3. Swiftly.
  4. The current of a stream.
  5. Any one of numerous species of small, long-winged, insectivorous birds of the family Micropodidae. 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.
  6. Any one of several species of lizards, as the pine lizard.
  7. The ghost moth. See under Ghost.
  8. A reel, or turning instrument, for winding yarn, thread, etc.; -- used chiefly in the plural.
  9. The main card cylinder of a flax-carding machine.

Swift Quotations

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.
Henry Van Dyke

Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.
Henri Frederic Amiel

Love grows more tremendously full, swift, poignant, as the years multiply.
Zane Grey

I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy.
Marie Curie

The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that's the way to bet.
Damon Runyon
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Swift Translations

swift in Afrikaans is vinnig, haastig
swift in Danish is hurtig
swift in Dutch is haastig, snel, gezwind, gauw, spoedig
swift in Finnish is nopea
swift in French is rapide
swift in German is schnell
swift in Latin is celer, pennipes, celox, velox
swift in Norwegian is hurtig
swift in Swedish is kvick, rask, snabb
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