Swift

Definitions

  • I Was Starting to Give Him a Swift Punch 047
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj swift moving very fast "fleet of foot","the fleet scurrying of squirrels","a swift current","swift flight of an arrow","a swift runner"
    • n swift common western lizard; seen on logs or rocks
    • n swift a small bird that resembles a swallow and is noted for its rapid flight
    • n Swift an English satirist born in Ireland (1667-1745)
    • n Swift United States meat-packer who began the use of refrigerated railroad cars (1839-1903)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Mr. Swift MacNeill's little joke Mr. Swift MacNeill's little joke
CHIMNEY SWIFT CHIMNEY SWIFT
"A SWIFT, HEAVY CAR WAS PLUNGING TOWARD THE OPEN DOOR." "A SWIFT, HEAVY CAR WAS PLUNGING TOWARD THE OPEN DOOR."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1976, a Los Angeles secretary named Jannene Swift officially married a fifty pound rock. More than twenty people witnessed the ceremony
    • Swift A reel, or turning instrument, for winding yarn, thread, etc.; -- used chiefly in the plural.
    • Swift (Zoöl) Any one of numerous species of small, long-winged, insectivorous birds of the family Micropodidæ. 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.
    • Swift (Zoöl) Any one of several species of lizards, as the pine lizard.
    • Swift Moving a great distance in a short time; moving with celerity or velocity; fleet; rapid; quick; speedy; prompt. "My beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.""Swift of dispatch and easy of access.""And bring upon themselves swift destruction."
    • Swift Of short continuance; passing away quickly.
    • adv Swift Swiftly. "Ply swift and strong the oar."
    • Swift The current of a stream.
    • Swift (Zoöl) The ghost moth. See under Ghost.
    • Swift The main card cylinder of a flax-carding machine.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The fastest bird is the Spine-tailed swift, clocked at speeds of up to 220 miles per hour.
    • swift Moving with great speed, celerity, velocity, or rapidity; fleet; rapid; speedy.
    • swift Ready; prompt; quick.
    • swift Of short continuance; swiftly or rapidly passing.
    • n swift The swifter part of a stream; the current.
    • n swift An adjustable machine upon which a skein of yarn, silk, or other thread is put, in order that it may be wound off. It consists of a cylinder of separate strips, arranged on the principle of the lazy-tongs, so that its diameter can be increased or decreased at pleasure; the strips that form the cylinder are supported from a central shaft which revolves in a socket.
    • n swift The main card-cylinder in a flax-carding machine.
    • n swift A bird of the family Cypselidæ: so called from its rapidity of flight. The common swift of Europe is Cypselus (or Micropus) apus, with many local names, as black swift, swallow, or martin, screech-martin, shrieker or shriek-owl, swing-devil, devil-bird, etc. The Alpine swift of Europe is Cypselus melba, white below, and resembling the rock-swift. There are several United States species, of which the best-known is the chimney-swift, Chætura pelagica, popularly called chimney-swallow, though it is in no sense a swallow. Rock-swifts belong to the genus Panyptila, as P. saxatilis of western North America. Cloud-swifts constitute the genus Nephœcetes. Swifts of the genus Collocalia build the edible bird's-nests; they are small species, sometimes called salanganes and swiftlets. Palm-swifts are small species of the genus Tachornis, as T. phœnicobia of the West Indies. Spine-tailed swifts have the tail-feathers mucronate, as in the genus Chætura. See also tree-swift, and cuts under Chætura, Collocalia, Cypselus, and Panyptila.
    • n swift A breed of domestic pigeons, of which there are several color-varieties.
    • n swift The common newt or eft.
    • n swift One of several small lizards which run with great swiftness, as the common brown fence-lizard of the United States, Sceloporus undulatus. See cut under Sceloporus.
    • n swift A ghost-swift, ghost-moth, or goat-moth; one of the Epialidæ: so called from the rapid flight. The ghost-moth or -swift is Epialus humuli; the golden swift is E. hectus; the evening swift is E. sylvinus; the common swift is E. lupulina. All these are British species. See cut under Cossus.
    • n swift A goat-moth, Epialus vellida.
    • swift In a swift or rapid manner; swiftly.
    • swift To reef (a sail).
    • n swift A tackle used in tightening standing rigging.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The hummingbird, the loon, the swift, the kingfisher, and the grebe are all birds that cannot walk.
    • adj Swift swift moving quickly: fleet, rapid: speedy: ready
    • n Swift a genus (Cypselus) and family (Cypselidæ) of picarian birds, resembling the swallows in general appearance and habits, but most closely allied by anatomical structure to the humming-birds—with long pointed wings, a short tail, and remarkable powers of rapid and prolonged flight: the common newt: a reel for winding yarn: the main cylinder of a carding-machine: the current of a stream
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Quotations

  • Marcel Proust
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    “The charms of the passing woman are generally in direct proportion to the swiftness of her passing.”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.”
  • Damon Runyon
    Damon Runyon
    “The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that is the way to bet.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The slow man with integrity will ultimately catch the swift one who has none.”
  • Eugene Field
    Eugene Field
    “All human joys are swift of wing, For heaven doth so allot it; That when you get an easy thing, You find you haven't got it.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Like swift water an active mind never stagnates.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. swift,; akin to swāpan, to sweep, swipu, a whip; cf. swīfan, to move quickly, to revolve. See Swoop (v. i.), and cf. Swivel Squib

Usage

In literature:

Men and women went swiftly through them, swift and direct as weavers' shuttles.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Swift, Stodger wanted to know what to do with 'em: for pity's sake, tell him to kill 'em!
"The Paternoster Ruby" by Charles Edmonds Walk
Night came down swiftly.
"Frank Merriwell's Cruise" by Burt L. Standish
So swift was her motion that he had let her go before he knew it.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
At first they rode in silence, swiftly, leaving behind them mile after mile of dusty trail.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
And quickly it came to the swift ships of the Greeks, and went unto Agamemnon, the son of Atreus.
"The Iliad of Homer (1873)" by Homer
But Sir Kay laughed them aside, and having swiftly put on his armour, he took his spear and shield and rode after Beaumains.
"King Arthur's Knights" by Henry Gilbert
A torrent, 15 metres wide, flowing swiftly W.S.W.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Then came the deputy sheriffs, with horses, and arrangements for conveying the prisoner to the jail were swiftly completed.
"Frank Merriwell's Bravery" by Burt L. Standish
Swiftly he turned, and found his wife behind him, but only for a moment she stayed.
"A Book of Myths" by Jean Lang
Swift had been observing once to Mr.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson
How swift he disappear'd!
"The Odyssey of Homer" by Homer
He paid no heed to my presence, but made a swift sign to the girl.
"The Cryptogram" by William Murray Graydon
Comfortable and swift as the whole journey was, nevertheless the feeble, old soldier was tired.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
Moreover he was swift of foot, and he did not spare himself or the others that night.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
She said something to Miela, who turned swiftly to me.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
Two men stood between him and the door, which had been closed silently and swiftly.
"The Girl and The Bill" by Bannister Merwin
They had the swift, graceful flight of a falcon.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
Then, slinking low, and swift as a cat, Jolly Roger ran to the end of the cabin where there was no window.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood
The theory of Swift and Swift's patrons was simple.
"Swift" by Leslie Stephen
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In poetry:

Alone for you Autumn
Has not come,
Maidenflowers,
So why do you colour
So swiftly, then fade?
"Alone for you Autumn" by Ki no Tsurayuki
So swift the hours are moving
Unto the time unproved:
Farewell my love unloving,
Farewell my love beloved!
"Earth The Healer, Earth The Keeper" by William Morris
Swift in vision rose and fled
All he might have had;
Weary tossed his restless head,
And his heart grew sad.
"The Sangreal" by George MacDonald
In swift devouring ecstasy
Each toil in turn was done;
I had done lying on the lawn
Three minutes after one.
"On the Disastrous Spread of Aestheticism in all Classes" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
And again I looked behind,
As I rode,--
Dark as night and swift as wind,
Towering, he rode behind,
As I rode.
"The Headless Horseman" by Madison Julius Cawein
They galloped swiftly toward him.
The banner floated wide;
It sank; he sank beside it
Upon his sword, and died.
"The Lost Battle" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop

In news:

After two minutes of learning their walking patterns, he makes his move, swiftly sneaking into a vacant room with a security terminal.
Of Swift River Family Medicine and Rumford Hospital was recently elected president of the Maine Medical Association, of which he has been a member since 1993.
Reaction to Roberts swift, disparate .
You'd expect that swift budget cuts and fundamental change would follow.
It has become clear what we must do to get the Hartford Police Department to marshal its resources and move swiftly and effectively against drug dealers, robbers and homicidal punks.
Here's a new show that has a lot going for it, including a wonderful performance by star Lindsay Mendez and swift staging by Joe Mantello ("Wicked," "Other Desert Cities").
Taylor Swift performed in New York City during the media blitz when her best-selling 'Red' landed.
Taylor Swift has it bad for her new boy toy, Conor Kennedy.
The New York Post reports that Swift missed Kennedy so much after leaving Hyannis Port, Mass.
Rodney McAree has said he walked away from Dungannon Swifts because he was no longer getting any satisfaction from the job.
Sunrise, sunset Swiftly fly the years.
But that's just what Taylor Swift did when she was in need of a makeup fix a few years ago.
Taylor Swift, "Today Was a Fairytale ".
Today I'm thinking about Taylor Swift's unbelievable imagination.
Jim Swift learns he may be related to the legendary Davy Crockett as members of the Austin Genealogical Society revealed the results of an investigation into Swift's father's family line .
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In science:

Part (ii) and the first part of (i) are swift consequences of Lemma 12, (i).
Counting sets with small sumset, and the clique number of random Cayley graphs
The results of simulations show that Swift will be able to detect about 300 bursts a year and locate about 150.
Swift's Ability to Detect Gamma-Ray Bursts
To test the flight software and the estimate the performance of Swift, we run a “1000 burst” simulation.
Swift's Ability to Detect Gamma-Ray Bursts
Future observations (e.g., Swift) will provide a larger and less biased sample for us to make a robust conclusion by using the procedure proposed in this paper.
Testing Gamma-Ray Burst Jet Structure with the Distribution of Gamma-Ray Energy Release
V to 8000 keV which covers both the Swift and BATSE bands.
Spectral lags caused by the Doppler effect of fireballs
To do so, we estimate the redshift distribution from the pre-Swift sample of known redshifts.
Statistical analysis of BATSE gamma-ray bursts: Self-similarity and the Amati-relation
In order to directly investigate the influence of the redshift distribution on our results, a broade r redshift distribution that peaks at z ≈ 2 (i.e., about twice the z mean value and dispersion observed by pre-Swift instruments) was assumed.
Statistical analysis of BATSE gamma-ray bursts: Self-similarity and the Amati-relation
Although the redshift distribution of GRBs is still controversial and it is different between pre-Swift and Swift bursts (e.g., ), one plausible rate history is that the GRB rate is more enhanced at higher redshifts due to metalicity effect .
Cosmogenic neutrinos as a probe of the transition from Galactic to extragalactic cosmic rays
Summary. — GRB970228 is analyzed as a prototype to understand the relative role of short GRBs and their associated afterglows, recently observed by Swift and HETE-II.
GRB970228 as a prototype for short GRBs with afterglow
Summary. — GRB011121 is analyzed as a prototype to understand the “flares” recently observed by Swift in the afterglow of many GRB sources.
Theoretical interpretation of GRB 011121
The bulk of this paper will be spent establishing the following result, from which the proof of the theorem will flow rather swiftly.
Counting rational points on cubic hypersurfaces
SFR as indicated by a recent analysis of the Swift GRB data .
Upper Limit on the Cosmic Gamma-Ray Burst Rate from High Energy Diffuse Neutrino Background
The Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) detector onboard Swift satellite can immediately provide position of the bursts with precision of 3 arcmin.
Prompt optical observations of GRBs with "Pi of the Sky" system
The UVOT telescope onboard Swift can perform follow-up optical observations very quickly.
Prompt optical observations of GRBs with "Pi of the Sky" system
Every GRB detected by the Swift, in the observing range of the "Pi of the Sky" system, will already be in its field of view.
Prompt optical observations of GRBs with "Pi of the Sky" system
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