gustavus franklin swift


Gustavus Franklin, 1839–1903, U.S. meat packer.
Jonathan ("Isaac Bickerstaff") 1667–1745, English satirist and clergyman, born in Ireland. Unabridged
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swift (swɪft)
adj (foll by to)
1.  moving or able to move quickly; fast
2.  occurring or performed quickly or suddenly; instant: a swift response
3.  prompt to act or respond: swift to take revenge
4.  a.  swiftly or quickly
 b.  (in combination): swift-moving
5.  any bird of the families Apodidae and Hemiprocnidae, such as Apus apus (common swift) of the Old World: order Apodiformes. They have long narrow wings and spend most of the time on the wing
6.  (sometimes capital) a variety of domestic fancy pigeon originating in Egypt and Syria and having an appearance somewhat similar to a swift
7.  short for swift moth
8.  any of certain North American lizards of the genera Sceloporus and Uta that can run very rapidly: family Iguanidae (iguanas)
9.  the main cylinder in a carding machine
10.  an expanding circular frame used to hold skeins of silk, wool, etc
[Old English, from swīfan to turn; related to Old Norse svifa to rove, Old Frisian swīvia to waver, Old High German sweib a reversal; see swivel]

Swift (swɪft)
1.  Graham Colin. born 1949, British writer: his novels include Waterland (1983), Last Orders (1996), which won the Booker prize, and The Light of Day (2002)
2.  Jonathan. 1667--1745, Anglo-Irish satirist and churchman, who became dean of St Patrick's, Dublin, in 1713. His works include A Tale of a Tub (1704) and Gulliver's Travels (1726)

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Word Origin & History

O.E. swift "moving quickly," related to swifan "move in a course, sweep" (see swivel). The bird (several species of the family Cypselidæ, resembling swallows), noted for its "swift" flight, was so called from at least 1668. Regarded as a bird of ill-omen, if not downright
demonic, probably for its shrill cry. The name earlier had been given to several small fast lizards (1530).
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