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swing
WordNet 2.0
  • changing location by moving back and forth
  • a square dance figure
  • a pair of dancers join hands and dance around a point between them
  • in baseball
  • a batter''s attempt to hit a pitched ball
  • "he took a vicious cut at the ball"
  • the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it
  • a sweeping blow or stroke
  • "he took a wild swing at my head"
  • mechanical device used as a plaything to support someone swinging back and forth
  • a jaunty rhythm in music
  • a style of jazz played by big bands popular in the 1930s
  • flowing rhythms but less complex than later styles of jazz
  • a state of steady vigorous action that is characteristic of an activity
  • "the party went with a swing"
  • "it took time to get into the swing of things"
  • alternate dramatically between high and low values
  • "his mood swings"
  • "the market is swinging up and down"
  • hit or aim at with a sweeping arm movement
  • "The soccer player began to swing at the referee"
  • engage freely in promiscuous sex, often with the husband or wife of one''s friends
  • "There were many swinging couples in the 1960''s"
  • make a big sweeping gesture or movement
  • play with a subtle and intuitively felt sense of rhythm
  • move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner
  • "He swung back"
  • change direction with a swinging motion
  • turn
  • "swing back"
  • "swing forward"
  • move in a curve or arc, usually with the intent of hitting
  • "He swung his left fist"
  • "swing a bat"
  • be a social swinger
  • socialize a lot
  • influence decisively
  • "This action swung many votes over to his side"
  • live in a lively, modern, and relaxed style
  • "The Woodstock generation attempted to swing freely"
  • hang freely
  • "the ornaments dangled from the tree"
  • "The light dropped from the ceiling"
  • have a certain musical rhythm
  • "The music has to swing"
swing
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. To move to and fro, as a body suspended in the air; to wave; to vibrate; to oscillate.

    "I tried if a pendulum would swing faster, or continue swinging longer, in case of exsuction of the air." -- Boyle.

    2. To sway or move from one side or direction to another; as, the door swung open.

    3. To use a swing; as, a boy swings for exercise or pleasure. See Swing, n., 3.

    4. (Naut.) To turn round by action of wind or tide when at anchor; as, a ship swings with the tide.

    5. To be hanged. [Colloq.] D. Webster.

    To swing round the circle
    to make a complete circuit. [Colloq.]

    "He had swung round the circle of theories and systems in which his age abounded, without finding relief." -- A. V. G. Allen.

  • 1. To cause to swing or vibrate; to cause to move backward and forward, or from one side to the other.

    "He swings his tail, and swiftly turns his round." -- Dryden.

    "They get on ropes, as you must have seen the children, and are swung by their men visitants." -- Spectator.

    2. To give a circular movement to; to whirl; to brandish; as, to swing a sword; to swing a club; hence, colloquially, to manage; as, to swing a business.

    3. (Mach.) To admit or turn (anything) for the purpose of shaping it; -- said of a lathe; as, the lathe can swing a pulley of 12 inches diameter.

    To swing a door
    gate
    etc. (Carp.), to put it on hinges so that it can swing or turn.

  • 1. The act of swinging; a waving, oscillating, or vibratory motion of a hanging or pivoted object; oscillation; as, the swing of a pendulum.

    2. Swaying motion from one side or direction to the other; as, some men walk with a swing.

    3. A line, cord, or other thing suspended and hanging loose, upon which anything may swing; especially, an apparatus for recreation by swinging, commonly consisting of a rope, the two ends of which are attached overhead, as to the bough of a tree, a seat being placed in the loop at the bottom; also, any contrivance by which a similar motion is produced for amusement or exercise.

    4. Influence of power of a body put in swaying motion.

    "The ram that batters down the wall, For the great swing and rudeness of his poise, They place before his hand that made the engine." -- Shak.

    5. Capacity of a turning lathe, as determined by the diameter of the largest object that can be turned in it.

    6. Free course; unrestrained liberty or license; tendency. "Take thy swing." Dryden.

    "To prevent anything which may prove an obstacle to the full swing of his genius." -- Burke.

    Full swing
    See under Full.

    Swing beam
    (Railway Mach.), a crosspiece sustaining the car body, and so suspended from the framing of a truck that it may have an independent lateral motion.

    Swing bridge
    a form of drawbridge which swings horizontally, as on a vertical pivot.

    Swing plow
    or Swing plough
    (a) A plow without a fore wheel under the beam. (b) A reversible or sidehill plow.

    Swing wheel
    (a) The scape-wheel in a clock, which drives the pendulum. (b) The balance of a watch.

 

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