Swift definition

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In a swift manner.
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Acting or responding quickly; prompt; ready.
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SWIFT is defined as an acronym for the “Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication” a Brussels-based financial telecommunications network that connects 8,500 member banks throughout the world.

An example of SWIFT is a series of cash management services offered to their members - SWIFTNet Bulk Payments, SWIFTNet Cash Reporting, and SWIFTNet Exceptions and Investigations.

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Moving or capable of moving with great speed; rapid; fast.
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Any of various small dark insect-eating birds of the family Apodidae, having long pointed wings and a short forked tail, and noted for their swift flight.
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Any of various small, fast-moving North American lizards, especially of the genus Sceloporus.
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A cylinder on a carding machine.
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Quick to act or react.

Swift to take revenge.

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Coming, happening, or done quickly or suddenly.
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Swiftly. Often used in combination.

Swift-running.

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The definition of swift is something that happens quickly or something that moves at high speed.

When a person runs very quickly, this is an example of a situation where his run might be described as swift.

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A reel used to hold yarn as it is being wound off.
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A cylinder in a carding machine.
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An expanding reel used to hold skeins of silk, etc. that are being wound off.
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Any of a large family (Apodidae, order Apodiformes) of aerial-feeding, insectivorous, swift-flying, swallowlike birds with long, stiff wings and a small, weak bill, as the chimney swift.
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Any of several swift-moving North American iguanas (genera Sceloporus and Uta) living esp. in arid or desert regions.
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A small fox (Vulpes velox) of the plains of W U.S. and S Canada.
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(person) 1667-1745; Eng. satirist, born in Ireland.
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Stands for the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications, a bank-owned network for processing securities trades and transferring international messages. Corporations have limited access to the system through their banks.
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Capable of moving at high speeds.
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A small plain-colored bird of the family Apodidae that resembles a swallow and is noted for its rapid flight. Other commom names for the birds of this family include swiftlet, needletail and spinetail.
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Some lizards of the genus Sceloporus.
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A moth of the family Hepialidae, swift moth, ghost moth.
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(obsolete, poetic) Swiftly.

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A surname, originally a nickname for a swift or quick person.
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Moving or capable of moving with great speed; fast.
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Coming, occurring, or accomplished quickly.

A swift retort.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
swift
Plural:
swifts

Adjective

Base Form:
swift
Comparative:
swifter
Superlative:
swiftest

Origin of swift

  • Middle English from Old English

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old English swift (“swift, quick"), from Proto-Germanic *swiftaz (“swift, quick"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)weip-, *(s)weib- (“to twist, wind around"). Cognate with Icelandic svipta (“to pull quickly"), Old English swÄ«fan (“to revolve, sweep, wend, intervene"). More at swivel.

    From Wiktionary