Definitions for SWAYsweɪ
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to move or swing to and fro, as something fastened at one end.
to move or incline to one side.
to incline in opinion, sympathy, etc.
to fluctuate or vacillate, as in opinion.
to wield power; exercise rule.
(v.t.)to cause to move to and fro.
to cause to move to one side.
Naut. to hoist or raise (a yard, topmast, or the like) (usu. fol. by up).
Category: Nautical, Navy
to cause to fluctuate or vacillate.
to influence (the mind, emotions, etc., or a person).
to cause to swerve, as from a purpose or a course of action.
to dominate; rule or govern.
(n.)the act of swaying; swaying movement.
dominating power or influence.
Origin of sway:
1300–50; ME sweyen < ON sveigja to bend, sway (transit.)
rock, careen, sway, tilt(verb)
pitching dangerously to one side
rock, sway, shake(verb)
move back and forth or sideways
"the ship was rocking"; "the tall building swayed"; "She rocked back and forth on her feet"
move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner
"He swung back"
carry, persuade, sway(verb)
win approval or support for
"Carry all before one"; "His speech did not sway the voters"
cause to move back and forth
"rock the cradle"; "rock the baby"; "the wind swayed the trees gently"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to move from side to side
buildings swaying in the earthquake; The dancers sway to the beat.
to change sb's opinion or belief
The new speech failed to sway voters.
The act of swaying; a swaying motion; a swing or sweep of a weapon.
A rocking or swinging motion.
The old song caused a little sway in everyone in the room.
Influence, weight, or authority that inclines to one side; as, the sway of desires.
I doubt I'll hold much sway with someone so powerful.
Preponderance; turn or cast of balance.
Rule; dominion; control.
A switch or rod used by thatchers to bind their work.
The maximum amplitude of a vehicle's lateral motion
To move or swing from side to side; or backward and forward; to rock.
To move or wield with the hand; to swing; to wield; as, to sway the scepter.
To influence or direct by power, authority, persuasion, or by moral force; to rule; to govern; to guide. Compare persuade
Do you think you can sway their decision?
To cause to incline or swing to one side, or backward and forward; to bias; to turn; to bend; warp; as, reeds swayed by wind
judgment swayed by passion
To hoist (a mast or yard) into position
to sway up the yards
To be drawn to one side by weight or influence; to lean; to incline.
To have weight or influence.
To bear sway; to rule; to govern.
Origin: Earlier 'to fall, swoon', from sweyen, from sveigja 'to bend, bow', from swaigijanan (cf. East Frisian swooie 'to swing, wave', Dutch zwaaien 'id.', Low German 'to sway in the wind'), from swaig- (cf. Lithuanian svaĩgti ‘to become giddy or dizzy’, Avestan pairipairišxuaxta ‘to surround’, Sanskrit ‘he embraces, enfolds’).
to move or wield with the hand; to swing; to wield; as, to sway the scepter
to influence or direct by power and authority; by persuasion, or by moral force; to rule; to govern; to guide
to cause to incline or swing to one side, or backward and forward; to bias; to turn; to bend; warp; as, reeds swayed by wind; judgment swayed by passion
to hoist; as, to sway up the yards
to be drawn to one side by weight or influence; to lean; to incline
to move or swing from side to side; or backward and forward
to have weight or influence
to bear sway; to rule; to govern
the act of swaying; a swaying motion; the swing or sweep of a weapon
influence, weight, or authority that inclines to one side; as, the sway of desires
preponderance; turn or cast of balance
rule; dominion; control
a switch or rod used by thatchers to bind their work
Translations for SWAY
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the motion of swaying
the sway of the ship's deck.
- حَرَكَة سَطْح السَّفينَهArabic
- balançoPortuguese (BR)
- das SchaukelnGerman
- gyngen; svajenDanish
- balanceo, bamboleoSpanish
- दोलन, झूलHindi
- njihanje, talasanjeCroatian
- veltingur, vaggIcelandic
- (배 등의) 흔들림Korean
- šūpošanās; līgošanāsLatvian
- het slingerenDutch
- svaiing, svingingNorwegian
- kołysanie się, chwianiePolish
- качание; колебаниеRussian
- svängning, gungning, krängningSwedish
- sallanma, yalpalamaTurkish
- 搖擺Chinese (Trad.)
- гойдання, колиханняUkrainian
- sự lắc lưVietnamese
- 摇摆Chinese (Simp.)
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