• A small plain-colored bird of the family Apodidae that resembles a swallow and is noted for its rapid flight.
  • Any of certain lizards of the genus Sceloporus.
  • A moth of the family Hepialidae, swift moth, ghost moth.
  • Any of various fast-flying hesperiid butterflies.
  • A light, collapsible reel used to hold a hank of yarn in order to wind off skeins or balls.
  • The main cylinder of a carding-machine.
  • The current of a stream.



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  • From Middle English swift, from Old English swift, from Proto-Germanic *swiftaz ("swift; quick"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)weyp-. Cognate with Icelandic svipta ("to pull quickly"), Old English swÄ«fan ("to revolve, sweep, wend, intervene"). More at swivel.

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