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Swift, adj. 1) rapid, quick, speedy: Ven. 1190. Lucr. 46. Lucr. 46 Lucr. 46 Lucr. 46 Sonn. 45, 4. Sonn. 45, 4 51, 6. 65, 11. 143, 3. Tp. I, 2, 450. Gent. I, 3, 23. II, 6, 42. Meas. III, 1, 58. IV, 3, 107. LLL V, 2, 261. Mids. III, 2, 379. As II, 1, 42. III, 2, 324. Shr. Ind. 2, 49. All's III, 2, 76. Wint. I, 2, 289. III, 2, 164. IV, 1, 5. John II, 448. R2 I, 3, 79. H4A I, 3, 103. H4B I, 1, 109. H5 II 4, 6. III Chor. 4, 6 III, 5, 33. V Chor. III, 5, 33 H6A IV, 5, 9. R3 IV, 1, 49. V, 2, 23. Troil. III, 2, 12. IV, 2, 14. Cor. III, 1, 3. Rom. II, 5, 13. III, 1, 170. V, 1, 35. Tim. V, 1, 231. Mcb. I, 4, 17. II, 4, 15. III, 1, 38. III, 1, 38 III, 6, 47. Hml. I, 5, 29. Lr. III, 7, 12. Oth. II, 3, 232. III, 3, 477. Ant. III, 7, 37. IV, 6, 35. Cymb. II, 4, 27. “s. celerity,” Meas. V, 399. “--est expedition,” Gent. III, 1, 164. “in all s. haste,” Troil. I, 1, 119. “the --er speed,” Wint. IV, 4, 683. John II, 233. R2 V, 1, 54. Substantively: “too s. arrives as tardy as too slow,” Rom. II, 6, 15.
2) rapidly passing, of short continuance: “how s. and short his time of folly,” Lucr. 991. “the --est hours,” Compl. 60. “s. as a shadow, short as any dream,” Mids. I, 1, 144. “make s. the pangs of my queen's travails,” Per. III, 1, 13.
3) ready, prompt, quick: “having so s. and excellent a wit,” Ado III, 1, 89. “he is very s. and sententious,” As V, 4, 65. With a quibble: “I say lead is slow. You are too s. to say so,” LLL III, 62 (== too rash). “Lucentio slipped me like his greyhound . . . A good s. simile, but something currish,” Shr. V, 2, 54. “his evasion, winged thus s. with scorn, cannot outfly our apprehensions,” Troil. II, 3, 123.
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