- I. \\ˈswiftə(r)\ noun
2. : a rope confining the capstan bars in their sockets while the capstan is being turned3. : a rope encircling a boat or ship longitudinally to strengthen or protect the sidesII. 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 inIII. noun (-s)
swifter in the shrouds
Useful english dictionary. 2012.