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 for swift
From 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.
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     Note: There are about twenty-eight species in the United
           white+pine+({Pinus+Strobus">States, of which the white pine ({Pinus Strobus),
           Georgia+pine+({Pinus+australis">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">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.
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     2. The wood of the pine tree.
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     3. A pineapple.
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     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Swift \Swift\, adv.
     Swiftly. [Obs. or Poetic] --Shak.
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           Ply swift and strong the oar.            --Southey.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Swift \Swift\, n.
     1. The current of a stream. [R.] --Walton.
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     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.
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     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.
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     3. (Zool.) Any one of several species of lizards, as the pine
        lizard.
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     4. (Zool.) The ghost moth. See under Ghost.
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     5. [Cf. Swivel.] A reel, or turning instrument, for winding
        yarn, thread, etc.; -- used chiefly in the plural.
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     6. The main card cylinder of a flax-carding machine.
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From 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.
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              My beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear,
              slow to speak, slow to wrath.         --James i. 19.
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              Swift of dispatch and easy of access. --Dryden.
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              And bring upon themselves swift destruction. --2
                                                    Pet. ii. 1.
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     2. Of short continuance; passing away quickly. --Shak.
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     Note: Swift is often used in the formation of compounds which
           are generally self-explaining; as, swift-darting,
           swift-footed, swift-winged, etc.
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     Syn: Quick; fleet; speedy; rapid; expeditious.
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From 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]

From 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, winged
  
  

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014) :

  SWIFT
         Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication
  (org., banking)
         

From 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
  

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