I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old English swīfan to revolve — more at swivel Date: before 12th century 1. moving or capable of moving with great speed <
a swift runner
2. occurring suddenly or within a very short time <
a swift transition
3. quick to respond ; ready Synonyms: see fast II. adverb Date: 14th century swiftly <
III. noun Date: 15th century 1. any of several lizards (especially of the genus Sceloporus) that run swiftly 2. a reel for winding yarn or thread 3. any of numerous small plainly colored birds (family Apodidae) that are related to the hummingbirds but superficially much resemble swallows

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