Definition of Swifter

1. n. A rope used to retain the bars of the capstan in their sockets while men are turning it.



2. v. t. To tighten, as slack standing rigging, by bringing the opposite shrouds nearer.

Definition of Swifter

1. Adjective. (comparative of swift) ¹

2. Verb. (nautical transitive) To tighten (e.g. slack standing rigging) by bringing the opposite shrouds nearer. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Swifter

1. a rope on a ship [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Swifter

swey
sweyed
sweying
sweys
swidden
swiddens
swies
swift
swift boat
swift boating
swiftboat
swiftboated
swiftboating
swiftboats
swifted
swifter (current term)
swiftered
swiftering
swifters
swiftest
swifting
swiftlet
swiftlets
swiftly
swiftness
swiftnesses
swifts
swigged

Literary usage of Swifter

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1. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"... and for honour : yet his life Was short pre-doom'd, and at that very hour Pallas Athene swifter sped the day, When by Achilles he must needs be slain. ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"... for slow locomotion while feeding, although swifter movement was effected by the hind limbs, with the tail for a counterpoise as in the Theropoda. Fio. ..."

3. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"... and for honour : yet his life Was short pre-doom'd, and at that very hour Pallas Athene swifter sped the day, When by Achilles he must needs be slain. ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"... for slow locomotion while feeding, although swifter movement was effected by the hind limbs, with the tail for a counterpoise as in the Theropoda. Fio. ..."

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