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SWIFT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Swift mean? 

SWIFT (noun)
  The noun SWIFT has 4 senses:

1. United States meat-packer who began the use of refrigerated railroad cars (1839-1903)
2. an English satirist born in Ireland (1667-1745)
3. a small bird that resembles a swallow and is noted for its rapid flight
4. common western lizard; seen on logs or rocks

  Familiarity information: SWIFT used as a noun is uncommon.


SWIFT (adjective)
  The adjective SWIFT has 1 sense:

1. moving very fast

  Familiarity information: SWIFT used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SWIFT (noun)


Sense 1Swift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

United States meat-packer who began the use of refrigerated railroad cars (1839-1903)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

Gustavus Franklin Swift; Swift

Instance hypernyms:

meat packer; packer (a wholesaler in the meat-packing business)


Sense 2Swift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An English satirist born in Ireland (1667-1745)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

Jonathan Swift; Dean Swift; Swift

Instance hypernyms:

ironist; ridiculer; satirist (a humorist who uses ridicule and irony and sarcasm)


Sense 3swift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A small bird that resembles a swallow and is noted for its rapid flight

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("swift" is a kind of...):

apodiform bird (nonpasserine bird having long wings and weak feet; spends much of its time in flight)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "swift"):

Apus apus; European swift (common European bird with a shrieking call that nests chiefly about eaves of buildings or on cliffs)

Chateura pelagica; chimney swallow; chimney swift (American swift that nests in e.g. unused chimneys)

Collocalia inexpectata; swiftlet (swift of eastern Asia; produces the edible bird's nest)

Holonyms ("swift" is a member of...):

Apodidae; family Apodidae (swifts; in former classifications included in the order Coraciiformes)


Sense 4swift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Common western lizard; seen on logs or rocks

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Synonyms:

blue-belly; Sceloporus occidentalis; western fence lizard; swift

Hypernyms ("swift" is a kind of...):

fence lizard (spiny lizard often seen basking on fences in the United States and northern Mexico)


SWIFT (adjective)


Sense 1swift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Moving very fast

Synonyms:

fleet; swift

Context examples:

fleet of foot / the fleet scurrying of squirrels / a swift current / swift flight of an arrow / a swift runner

Similar:

fast (acting or moving or capable of acting or moving quickly)


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