swifter

swifter
I. \\ˈswiftə(r)\ noun (-s)
Etymology: swift (IV) + -er
1. : the forward or after shroud of a lower mast — see ship illustration
2. : a rope confining the capstan bars in their sockets while the capstan is being turned
3. : a rope encircling a boat or ship longitudinally to strengthen or protect the sides
II. transitive verb (swiftered ; swiftered ; swiftering \\-t(ə)riŋ\\ ; swifters)
: to tauten, secure, or protect with a swifter or other line; specifically : to tauten (slack standing rigging) by bringing the shrouds closer together with a swiftering line — often used with in

swifter in the shrouds

III. noun (-s)
Etymology: swift (III) + -er
: a worker at a swift (sense 2); especially : winder

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Swifter — Swift er, n. [Cf. {Swivel}.] (Naut.) (a) A rope used to retain the bars of the capstan in their sockets while men are turning it. (b) A rope used to encircle a boat longitudinally, to strengthen and defend her sides. (c) The forward shroud of a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Swifter — Swift er, v. t. (Naut.) To tighten, as slack standing rigging, by bringing the opposite shrouds nearer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swifter — [swif′tər] n. 〚< obs. swift, to tighten, fasten with a taut rope〛 Naut. any of various ropes used for tightening or securing some part or thing * * * …   Universalium

  • swifter — [swif′tər] n. [< obs. swift, to tighten, fasten with a taut rope] Naut. any of various ropes used for tightening or securing some part or thing …   English World dictionary

  • Swifter — Swift Swift (sw[i^]ft), a. [Compar. {Swifter} (sw[i^]ft [ e]r); superl. {Swiftest}.] [AS. swift; akin to sw[=a]pan to sweep, swipu a whip; cf. sw[=i]fan to move quickly, to revolve. See {Swoop}, v. i., and cf. {Swivel}, {Squib}.] 1. Moving a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swifter — swɪft n. any of a number of long winged birds characterized by their swift flight adj. fast, quick; immediate, hasty; prompt; smart, clever (Informal) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • swifter — swift·er …   English syllables

  • swifter — /ˈswɪftə/ (say swiftuh) noun Nautical 1. a small line joining the outer ends of the bars of a capstan to confine them to their sockets while the capstan is being turned. 2. the forward shroud of the lower rigging on either side of a mast.… …   Australian-English dictionary

  • Comparison of memory cards — This table provides summary of comparison of various flash memory cards, as of 2011[update]. Contents 1 Common information 2 Physical details 3 …   Wikipedia

  • Madras Boat Club — HistoryThe Madras Boat Club located in the South of India, in the historic city of Chennai is over a hundred and forty one years old. It is one of the oldest rowing centres in India.It was a few Englishmen in Madras (now called Chennai) who… …   Wikipedia

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