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Webster's Dictionary 1828


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Swifter

SWIFT'ER, noun In a ship, a rope used to confine the bars of the capstan in their sockets, while men are turning it; also, a rope used to encircle a boat longitudinally, to strengthen and defend her sides from the impulse of other boats. Swifters also are two shrouds fixed on the starboard and larboard sides of the lower masts, above all the other shrouds, to give the masts additional security.

SWIFT'ER, verb transitive To stretch, as shrouds by tackles.

First Occurrence in the Bible(KJV): 2 Samuel 1:23