1. United States meat-packer who began the use of refrigerated railroad cars (1839-1903);
[syn: Swift, Gustavus Franklin Swift]
2. an English satirist born in Ireland (1667-1745);
[syn: Swift, Jonathan Swift, Dean Swift]
3. a small bird that resembles a swallow and is noted for its rapid flight;
4. common western lizard; seen on logs or rocks;
[syn: western fence lizard, swift, blue-belly, Sceloporus occidentalis]
1. moving very fast;
- Example: "fleet of foot"
- Example: "the fleet scurrying of squirrels"
- Example: "a swift current"
- Example: "swift flight of an arrow"
- Example: "a swift runner"
[syn: fleet, swift]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pine \Pine\, n. [AS. p[imac]n, L. pinus.] 1. (Bot.) Any tree of the coniferous genus Pinus. See Pinus. [1913 Webster] Note: There are about twenty-eight species in the United States, of which the white pine (Pinus Strobus), the Georgia pine (Pinus australis), the red pine (Pinus resinosa), and the great West Coast sugar pine (Pinus Lambertiana) are among the most valuable. The Scotch pine or fir, also called Norway or Riga pine (Pinus sylvestris), is the only British species. The nut pine is any pine tree, or species of pine, which bears large edible seeds. See Pinon. [1913 Webster] The spruces, firs, larches, and true cedars, though formerly considered pines, are now commonly assigned to other genera. [1913 Webster] 2. The wood of the pine tree. [1913 Webster] 3. A pineapple. [1913 Webster] Ground pine. (Bot.) See under Ground. Norfolk Island pine (Bot.), a beautiful coniferous tree, the Araucaria excelsa. Pine barren, a tract of infertile land which is covered with pines. [Southern U.S.] Pine borer (Zool.), any beetle whose larv[ae] bore into pine trees. Pine finch. (Zool.) See Pinefinch, in the Vocabulary. Pine grosbeak (Zool.), a large grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator), which inhabits the northern parts of both hemispheres. The adult male is more or less tinged with red. Pine lizard (Zool.), a small, very active, mottled gray lizard (Sceloporus undulatus), native of the Middle States; -- called also swift, brown scorpion, and alligator. Pine marten. (Zool.) (a) A European weasel (Mustela martes), called also sweet marten, and yellow-breasted marten. (b) The American sable. See Sable. Pine moth (Zool.), any one of several species of small tortricid moths of the genus Retinia, whose larv[ae] burrow in the ends of the branchlets of pine trees, often doing great damage. Pine mouse (Zool.), an American wild mouse (Arvicola pinetorum), native of the Middle States. It lives in pine forests. Pine needle (Bot.), one of the slender needle-shaped leaves of a pine tree. See Pinus. Pine-needle wool. See Pine wool (below). Pine oil, an oil resembling turpentine, obtained from fir and pine trees, and used in making varnishes and colors. Pine snake (Zool.), a large harmless North American snake (Pituophis melanoleucus). It is whitish, covered with brown blotches having black margins. Called also bull snake. The Western pine snake (Pituophis Sayi) is chestnut-brown, mottled with black and orange. Pine tree (Bot.), a tree of the genus Pinus; pine. Pine-tree money, money coined in Massachusetts in the seventeenth century, and so called from its bearing a figure of a pine tree. The most noted variety is the pine tree shilling. Pine weevil (Zool.), any one of numerous species of weevils whose larv[ae] bore in the wood of pine trees. Several species are known in both Europe and America, belonging to the genera Pissodes, Hylobius, etc. Pine wool, a fiber obtained from pine needles by steaming them. It is prepared on a large scale in some of the Southern United States, and has many uses in the economic arts; -- called also pine-needle wool, and pine-wood wool. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Swift \Swift\, adv. Swiftly. [Obs. or Poetic] --Shak. [1913 Webster] Ply swift and strong the oar. --Southey. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Swift \Swift\, n. 1. The current of a stream. [R.] --Walton. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of small, long-winged, insectivorous birds of the family Micropodidae. 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. [1913 Webster] Note: The common European swift (Cypselus apus syn. Micropus apus) nests in church steeples and under the tiles of roofs, and is noted for its rapid flight and shrill screams. It is called also black martin, black swift, hawk swallow, devil bird, swingdevil, screech martin, and shriek owl. The common American, or chimney, swift (Chaetura pelagica) has sharp rigid tips to the tail feathers. It attaches its nest to the inner walls of chimneys, and is called also chimney swallow. The Australian swift (Chaetura caudacuta) also has sharp naked tips to the tail quills. The European Alpine swift (Cypselus melba) is whitish beneath, with a white band across the breast. The common Indian swift is Cypselus affinis. See also Palm swift, under Palm, and Tree swift, under Tree. [1913 Webster] 3. (Zool.) Any one of several species of lizards, as the pine lizard. [1913 Webster] 4. (Zool.) The ghost moth. See under Ghost. [1913 Webster] 5. [Cf. Swivel.] A reel, or turning instrument, for winding yarn, thread, etc.; -- used chiefly in the plural. [1913 Webster] 6. The main card cylinder of a flax-carding machine. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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[imac]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]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
swift adj 1: moving very fast; "fleet of foot"; "the fleet scurrying of squirrels"; "a swift current"; "swift flight of an arrow"; "a swift runner" [syn: fleet, swift] n 1: United States meat-packer who began the use of refrigerated railroad cars (1839-1903) [syn: Swift, Gustavus Franklin Swift] 2: an English satirist born in Ireland (1667-1745) [syn: Swift, Jonathan Swift, Dean Swift] 3: a small bird that resembles a swallow and is noted for its rapid flight 4: common western lizard; seen on logs or rocks [syn: western fence lizard, swift, blue-belly, Sceloporus occidentalis]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
95 Moby Thesaurus words for "swift": abrupt, agile, alacritous, alert, apt, breakneck, brief, brisk, cometary, cursory, dashing, decisive, dispatchful, double-quick, eagle-winged, electrifying, expeditious, express, fast, festinate, feverish, flashing, flat-out, fleet, flickering, flying, full tilt, furious, galloping, hair-trigger, hasty, headlong, hurried, hustling, immediate, impetuous, impulsive, instant, instantaneous, last-minute, light of heel, light-footed, lively, mercurial, meteoric, nerve-shattering, nimble, nimble-footed, on the spot, passing, precipitant, precipitate, precipitous, prompt, promptly, punctual, quick, quick as lightning, quick as thought, quickly, raking, rapid, rapidly, ready, reckless, running, sharp, shocking, short, short and sweet, short-term, short-termed, slap-bang, slapdash, smart, snap, snappy, spanking, speedily, speedy, spry, startling, sudden, summary, superficial, supersonic, surprising, swiftly, unanticipated, unexpected, unforeseen, unlooked-for, unpredicted, urgent, wingedV.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (June 2006):
SWIFT Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (org., banking)U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000):
Swift -- U.S. County in Minnesota Population (2000): 11956 Housing Units (2000): 4821 Land area (2000): 743.529891 sq. miles (1925.733496 sq. km) Water area (2000): 8.821326 sq. miles (22.847128 sq. km) Total area (2000): 752.351217 sq. miles (1948.580624 sq. km) Located within: Minnesota (MN), FIPS 27 Location: 45.276989 N, 95.674223 W Headwords: Swift Swift, MN Swift County Swift County, MN