Swift Swift (sw[i^]ft), a. [Compar. {Swifter} (sw[i^]ft"[~e]r); superl. {Swiftest}.] [AS. swift; akin to sw[=a]pan to sweep, swipu a whip; cf. sw[=i]fan to move quickly, to revolve. See {Swoop}, v. i., and cf. {Swivel}, {Squib}.] 1. Moving a great distance in a short time; moving with celerity or velocity; fleet; rapid; quick; speedy; prompt. [1913 Webster]

My beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. --James i. 19. [1913 Webster]

Swift of dispatch and easy of access. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

And bring upon themselves swift destruction. --2 Pet. ii. 1. [1913 Webster]

2. Of short continuance; passing away quickly. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Note: Swift is often used in the formation of compounds which are generally self-explaining; as, swift-darting, swift-footed, swift-winged, etc. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Quick; fleet; speedy; rapid; expeditious. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.