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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

Meaning of "swift" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD SWIFT

Old English, from swīfan to turn; related to Old Norse svifa to rove, Old Frisian swīvia to waver, Old High German sweib a reversal.
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PRONUNCIATION OF SWIFT

swift  [swɪft] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF SWIFT

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Swift can act as a noun, an adjective and an adverb.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

The adverb is an invariable part of the sentence that can change, explain or simplify a verb or another adverb.

WHAT DOES SWIFT MEAN IN ENGLISH?

swift

Swift

The swifts are a family, Apodidae, of highly aerial birds. They are superficially similar to swallows, but are not closely related to passerine species. Swifts are placed in the order Apodiformes, which they share with hummingbirds. The treeswifts are closely related to the true swifts, but form a separate family, the Hemiprocnidae. Resemblances between swifts and swallows are due to convergent evolution, reflecting similar life styles based on catching insects in flight. The family name, Apodidae, is derived from the Greek απους, apous, meaning "without feet", a reference to the small, weak legs of these most aerial of birds. The tradition of depicting swifts without feet continued into the Middle Ages, as seen in the heraldic martlet. Some species of swifts are among the fastest animals on the planet, with some of the fastest measured flight speeds of any bird.

Definition of swift in the English dictionary

The first definition of swift in the dictionary is moving or able to move quickly; fast. Other definition of swift is occurring or performed quickly or suddenly; instant. Swift is also foll by to prompt to act or respond.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH SWIFT


adrift
əˈdrɪft
airlift
ˈɛəˌlɪft
deadlift
ˈdɛdˌlɪft
drift
drɪft
festschrift
ˈfɛstˌʃrɪft
forklift
ˈfɔːkˌlɪft
gift
ɡɪft
lift
lɪft
makeshift
ˈmeɪkˌʃɪft
miffed
mɪft
redshift
ˈredˌʃɪft
rift
rɪft
shift
ʃɪft
sift
sɪft
squiffed
skwɪft
stairlift
ˈstɛəˌlɪft
thrift
θrɪft
uplift
ʌpˈlɪft
whift
wɪft
ZIFT
zɪft

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE SWIFT

swidden
swift fox
swift moth
swift-flowing
swift-footed
swifter
Swiftian
swiftie
swifties
swiftlet
swiftly
swiftness
swifty
swig
swigged
swigger
swigging
swiler
swill
swiller

WORDS THAT END LIKE SWIFT

blueshift
chairlift
chimney swift
common swift
continental drift
day shift
Doppler shift
downshift
drag lift
face-lift
free gift
night shift
paradigm shift
shoplift
short shrift
ski lift
stick shift
swing shift
upshift
Whitgift

Synonyms and antonyms of swift in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «SWIFT»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «swift» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of swift

Translation of «swift» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF SWIFT

Find out the translation of swift to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of swift from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «swift» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

迅速的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

rápido
570 millions of speakers

English

swift
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

तेज
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

سويفت
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

быстрое
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

rápido
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

দ্রুতগতি
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

rapide
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Pantas
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

schnell
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

すばやい
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

신속한
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Swift
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

nhanh
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

துரிதமான
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

चपळ
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

hızlı
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

rapido
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

swift
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

швидке
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

rapidă
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ταχεία
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

vinnige
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

snabb
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

swift
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of swift

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «SWIFT»

The term «swift» is very widely used and occupies the 5.022 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «SWIFT» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about swift

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10 QUOTES WITH «SWIFT»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word swift.
1
Henri Frederic Amiel
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.
2
Jim Bishop
The reporter is the daily prisoner of clocked facts. On all working days, he is expected to do his best in one swift swipe at each story.
3
Richard Blackmore
The mare set off for home with the speed of a swallow, and going as smoothly and silently. I never had dreamed of such a motion, fluent and graceful, and ambient, soft as the breeze flitting over the flowers, but swift as the summer lightening.
4
Warren E. Burger
A far greater factor than abolishing poverty is the deterrent effect of swift and certain consequences: swift arrest, prompt trial, certain penalty and - at some point - finality of judgment.
5
Whittaker Chambers
At issue was the question whether this man's faith could prevail against a man whose equal faith it was that this society is sick beyond saving, and that mercy itself pleads for its swift extinction and replacement by another.
6
Marie Curie
I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy.
7
Henry Van Dyke
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.
8
Richard Le Gallienne
Modern science, then, so far from being an enemy of romance, is seen on every hand to be its sympathetic and resourceful friend, its swift and irresistible helper in its serious need, and an indulgent minister to its lighter fancies.
9
Zane Grey
Love grows more tremendously full, swift, poignant, as the years multiply.
10
Tony Hillerman
Although I wasn't able to get a visa for Vietnam, I was able to talk with swift boat veterans to get a feel for the time and place, and I visited a tropical prison in the Philippines to get a sense of what a Vietnamese prison might have been like.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «SWIFT»

Discover the use of swift in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to swift and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Taylor Swift: Her Song
Learn all about Taylor's life and what inspires her to make such amazing music. This 32 page book is the equivalent to a level 3 reader. Its packed with tons of pictures of Taylor and lots of fun facts every Taylor fan should know
Riley Brooks, 2010
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Swift: a storage architecture for large objects
We have done two studies to validate the Swift architecture: a simulation study and an Ethernet-based proof-of-concept implementation. Both studies indicate that the aggregation principle proposed in Swift can yield very high data- rates.
Luis-Felipe Cabrera, Darrell Long, University of California, Santa Cruz. Computer Research Laboratory, 1991
3
Centered Riding
Demonstrates an approach to horseback riding that focuses on proper breathing, position, and balance, and suggests exercises to improve turns, circles, transitions, cantering, and jumping
Sally Swift, 1985
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Swift, the Book, and the Irish Financial Revolution: Satire ...
Applying postcolonial, new economic, and book history approaches to eighteenth-century studies, Swift, the Book, and the Irish Financial Revolution effectively links the era's critiques of empire to the financial and legal motives for ...
Sean D. Moore, 2010
5
The Cambridge Companion to Jonathan Swift
This 2003 Companion explores crucial dimensions of Swift's life and works.
Christopher Fox, 2003
6
Swift
When his father is attacked by a grizzly bear during a hunting trip, Johnnie, along with their dog Swift, must embark on a daring rescue mission to save his father's life.
‎2007
7
Taylor Swift
This perfectly giftable Little Book tells Taylor's tale from her roots in Pennsylvania to Nashville to Hollywood. This is a must-have for Taylor Swift fans.
‎2010
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Taylor Swift
Readers take a look into the world of some of their favorite young entertainment superstars.
Katherine Rawson, 2009
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Mercury, Or, The Secret and Swift Messenger: Shewing how a ...
Works of the Right Reverend John Wilkins' (1708).
John Wilkins, Brigitte Asbach-Schnitker, 1708
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Jonathan Swift: The Irish Identity
This book traces Swift's fluctuating reception in Ireland through the centuries, finding in Swift's ambivalence about his homeland - which he could not love even as he defended its cause - echoes and anticipations of the ambiguities that ...
Robert Mahony, 1995

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «SWIFT»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term swift is used in the context of the following news items.
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Voices: Swift, Minaj VMAs feud about more than music
Britney and Madonna's kiss, Miley's twerking, "Im'ma let you finish" — the VMAs, for better or worse, have always been able to start a conversation. «USA TODAY, Jul 15»
2
Taylor Swift's 'Love Story' includes fans, friends and US women's …
Taylor Swift did not fail to impress Friday night in East Rutherford, N.J., as she performed for a sold out crowd of 60,000 at the MetLife Stadium. Swift made it ... «Fox News, Jul 15»
3
Taylor's Squad Takes London as Kendall, Cara, Gigi and More Join …
While performing "Style," Swift, 25, first brought on Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner and then tennis great Serena Williams (from "Wimbledon," Swift said referring ... «People Magazine, Jun 15»
4
Taylor Swift Will Stream '1989' On Apple Music
Taylor Swift has agreed to put her new album "1989" on Apple Music, she tweeted today. The singer cited the company's recent announcement that it would ... «ABC News, Jun 15»
5
Taylor Swift accused of 'double standards' by photographer
A photographer has accused Taylor Swift of "double standards" in her row with Apple over music streaming. Apple Music performed a U-turn over payment ... «BBC News, Jun 15»
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Taylor Swift Criticism Spurs Apple to Change Royalties Policy
Less than 24 hours after Ms. Swift complained publicly that Apple was not planning to pay royalties during a three-month trial period of its new streaming music ... «New York Times, Jun 15»
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Watch Taylor Swift's Star-Studded Music Video for 'Bad Blood'
Taylor Swift has been teasing the video for her new single, “Bad Blood,” for more than a week on social media, and it turns out to be worth the wait. The video ... «TIME, May 15»
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Taylor Swift's Mom Andrea Diagnosed with Cancer: 'She's Got an …
Taylor Swift took to Tumblr Thursday to share some heartbreaking news: Her mother, Andrea Finlay, was recently diagnosed with cancer. The singer, 25, kept ... «People Magazine, Apr 15»
9
Taylor Swift & Justin Timberlake Freak Out Over Her iHeart Win …
Taylor Swift literally cannot contain her excitement as she wins the Best Lyrics award at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on ... «Just Jared, Mar 15»
10
Why Taylor Swift is buying adult web domains
The pop star is making another savvy Internet business move. Taylor Swift has made yet another shrewd business move by buying up Internet domains with her ... «Fortune, Mar 15»

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