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Webster's Dictionary [1]

(1): ( n.) 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.

(2): ( n.) Any one of several species of lizards, as the pine lizard.

(3): ( n.) The ghost moth. See under Ghost.

(4): ( n.) A reel, or turning instrument, for winding yarn, thread, etc.; - used chiefly in the plural.

(5): ( n.) The main card cylinder of a flax-carding machine.

(6): ( v. i.) Of short continuance; passing away quickly.

(7): ( n.) The current of a stream.

(8): ( v. i.) Moving a great distance in a short time; moving with celerity or velocity; fleet; rapid; quick; speedy; prompt.

(9): ( adv.) Swiftly.

King James Dictionary [2]


1. Moving a great distance or over a large space in a short time moving with celerity or velocity fleet rapid quick speedy. We say, soft winds, a swift stream, swift lightnings, swift motion, swift as thought, a fowl swift of wing, a man swift of foot. Swift is applicable to any kind of motion. 2. Ready prompt.

Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.  James 1 .

3. Speedy that comes without delay.

There shall be false teachers among you, who shall privily bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.  2 Peter 2

SWIFT, n. The current of a stream. Little used.

1. In domestic affairs, a reel or turning instrument for winding yarn. This is a sense directly from the Saxon verb. 2. A bird, a species of swallow, so called from the rapidity of its flight. 3. The common newt or eft, a species of lizard.

Holman Bible Dictionary [3]

 Luke 8:7 Pycnonotus Reichenovi Birds