swifter

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Adjective[edit]

swifter

  1. comparative form of swift: more swift

Etymology 2[edit]

Compare swivel.

Noun[edit]

swifter (plural swifters)

  1. (nautical) A rope used to retain the bars of the capstan in their sockets while it is being turned.
  2. (nautical) A rope used to encircle a boat longitudinally, to strengthen and defend her sides.
  3. (nautical) The forward shroud of a lower mast.

Verb[edit]

swifter (third-person singular simple present swifters, present participle swiftering, simple past and past participle swiftered)

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