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swifter

/ (ˈswɪftə) /
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noun
nautical a line run around the ends of capstan bars to prevent their falling out of their sockets
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Word Origin for swifter

C17: related to the nautical term swift to fasten with tight-drawn ropes; probably Scandinavian in origin: compare Old Norse svipta to reef
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