Definitions for swingswɪŋ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

swingswɪŋ(v.)swung; swing•ing

  1. (v.t.)to cause to move to and fro or oscillate, as something suspended from above.

  2. to cause to move or turn in alternate directions or in either direction on a fixed point or axis, as a door on hinges.

  3. to move (the hand or something held) with an oscillating or rotary movement.

  4. to cause to move in a curve:

    I swung the car into the driveway.

  5. to suspend so as to hang freely, as a hammock.

  6. Informal. to sway, influence, or manage as desired:

    to swing a business deal.

    Category: Informal

  7. to change or shift (one's interest, opinion, support, etc.).

  8. to play (a piece of music) in the style of swing.

    Category: Music and Dance

  9. to pull or turn (the propeller of an aircraft) by hand, esp. in order to start the engine.

    Category: Aeronautics

  10. (v.i.)to move or sway to and fro, as a pendulum or other suspended object.

  11. to move to and fro in a swing.

  12. to move or turn in alternate directions or in either direction on a fixed point or axis.

  13. to move in a curve, as around a corner.

  14. to move with a free, swaying motion.

  15. to be suspended so as to hang freely, as a hammock.

  16. to move by grasping a support with the hands and drawing up the arms.

  17. to change or shift one's attention, interest, opinion, etc.

  18. to hit at with the hand or something grasped in the hand.

  19. Slang. to be lively, fashionable, or trendy. to engage uninhibitedly in sexual activities. (esp. of married couples) to exchange partners for sexual activities.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

  20. Informal. to die by hanging.

    Category: Informal

  21. (n.)the act or manner of swinging.

  22. the amount or extent of such movement.

  23. a curving movement or course.

  24. a moving of the body with a free, swaying motion.

  25. a blow or stroke with the hand or an object grasped in the hands.

  26. a change or shift in attitude, opinion, behavior, etc.

  27. a steady, marked rhythm or movement, as of verse.

  28. a regular upward or downward movement in the price of a security or in any business activity.

  29. freedom of action.

  30. active operation; progression:

    to get into the swing of things.

  31. something that is swung or that swings.

  32. a seat suspended from above by means of a loop of rope or between ropes or rods, on which one may sit and swing to and fro for recreation.

  33. a style of jazz often played by a large dance band and marked by a smooth beat and flowing phrasing.

    Category: Music and Dance

  34. (adj.)capable of determining the outcome, as of an election:

    the swing vote.

    Category: Government

Idioms for swing:

  1. in full swing,operating at normal capacity; in full operation.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of swing:

bef. 900; ME (v.), OE swingan, c. OHG swingan

Princeton's WordNet

  1. swing(noun)

    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"

  2. swing(noun)

    mechanical device used as a plaything to support someone swinging back and forth

  3. swing(noun)

    a sweeping blow or stroke

    "he took a wild swing at my head"

  4. swing, swinging, vacillation(noun)

    changing location by moving back and forth

  5. swing, swing music, jive(noun)

    a style of jazz played by big bands popular in the 1930s; flowing rhythms but less complex than later styles of jazz

  6. lilt, swing(noun)

    a jaunty rhythm in music

  7. golf stroke, golf shot, swing(noun)

    the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it

  8. baseball swing, swing, cut(noun)

    in baseball; a batter's attempt to hit a pitched ball

    "he took a vicious cut at the ball"

  9. swing(verb)

    a square dance figure; a pair of dancers join hands and dance around a point between them

  10. swing(verb)

    move in a curve or arc, usually with the intent of hitting

    "He swung his left fist"; "swing a bat"

  11. swing, sway(verb)

    move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner

    "He swung back"

  12. swing(verb)

    change direction with a swinging motion; turn

    "swing back"; "swing forward"

  13. swing, swing over(verb)

    influence decisively

    "This action swung many votes over to his side"

  14. swing, sweep, swing out(verb)

    make a big sweeping gesture or movement

  15. dangle, swing, drop(verb)

    hang freely

    "the ornaments dangled from the tree"; "The light dropped from the ceiling"

  16. swing(verb)

    hit or aim at with a sweeping arm movement

    "The soccer player began to swing at the referee"

  17. swing(verb)

    alternate dramatically between high and low values

    "his mood swings"; "the market is swinging up and down"

  18. swing(verb)

    live in a lively, modern, and relaxed style

    "The Woodstock generation attempted to swing freely"

  19. swing(verb)

    have a certain musical rhythm

    "The music has to swing"

  20. swing, get around(verb)

    be a social swinger; socialize a lot

  21. swing(verb)

    play with a subtle and intuitively felt sense of rhythm

  22. swing(verb)

    engage freely in promiscuous sex, often with the husband or wife of one's friends

    "There were many swinging couples in the 1960's"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. swing(verb)ɪŋ

    to move in a smooth wide curve

    He swung the baseball bat.; The gate swung open.

  2. swingɪŋ

    to hang from sth and move in a wide curve

    Monkeys swinging through the trees.; kids swinging on the playground

  3. swingɪŋ

    to turn a vehicle or be turned quickly somewhere

    He swung (the car) out into traffic.

  4. swingɪŋ

    to try to hit sb

    She swung at me with a closed fist.

  5. swingɪŋ

    to change to sth very different

    Public opinion swung quickly from "for" to "against."; My mood swung between hope and fear.

  6. swing(noun)ɪŋ

    a wide curving movement

    a swing of the bat

  7. swingɪŋ

    to try to hit sth by swinging

    He took a swing at me.

  8. swingɪŋ

    a big change from one situation or feeling to another

    The election results showed a swing from right to left.

  9. swingɪŋ

    a seat hanging on two ropes that you swing back and forth on

    kids on the swings in the park

  10. swingɪŋ

    to begin to feel comfortable doing sth

    It took a few weeks to get into the swing of the job.


  1. swing(Noun)

    The manner in which something is swung.

  2. swing(Noun)

    A hanging seat in a children's playground, for acrobats in a circus, or on a porch for relaxing.

  3. swing(Noun)

    A dance style.

  4. swing(Noun)

    The genre of music associated with this dance style.

  5. swing(Noun)

    The amount of change towards or away from something.

  6. swing(Noun)

    Sideways movement of the ball as it flies through the air.

  7. swing(Noun)

    The diameter that a lathe can cut.

  8. swing(Noun)

    In a musical theater production, a performer who understudies several roles.

  9. swing(Noun)

    A basic dance step in which a pair link hands and turn round together in a circle.

  10. swing(Verb)

    To move backward and forward, especially rotating about or hanging from a fixed point.

    The plant swung in the breeze.

  11. swing(Verb)

    To dance.

  12. swing(Verb)

    To ride on a swing.

    The children laughed as they swung.

  13. swing(Verb)

    To participate in the swinging lifestyle; to participate in wife-swapping.

  14. swing(Verb)

    To hang from the gallows.

  15. swing(Verb)

    to move sideways in its trajectory.

  16. swing(Verb)

    To fluctuate or change.

    It wasn't long before the crowd's mood swung towards restless irritability.

  17. swing(Verb)

    To move (an object) backward and forward; to wave.

    He swung his sword as hard as he could.

  18. swing(Verb)

    To change (a numerical result); especially to change the outcome of an election.

  19. swing(Verb)

    To make (something) work; especially to afford (something) financially.

    If itu2019s not too expensive, I think we can swing it.

  20. swing(Verb)

    To play notes that are in pairs by making the first of the pair slightly longer than written (augmentation) and the second, resulting in a bouncy, uneven rhythm.

  21. swing(Verb)

    to make the ball move sideways in its trajectory.

  22. swing(Verb)

    To move one's arm in a punching motion.

  23. swing(Verb)

    In dancing, when you turn around in a small circle with your partner, holding hands or arms. You can say "swing your partner", or just "swing".

  24. Origin: swingen, from swingan, from swinganan (cf. German schwingen 'to brandish', Swedish svinga), from su̯eng (cf. Scottish Gaelic seang 'thin').

Webster Dictionary

  1. Swing(verb)

    to move to and fro, as a body suspended in the air; to wave; to vibrate; to oscillate

  2. Swing(verb)

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

  3. Swing(verb)

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

  4. Swing(noun)

    to turn round by action of wind or tide when at anchor; as, a ship swings with the tide

  5. Swing(noun)

    to be hanged

  6. Swing(verb)

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

  7. Swing(verb)

    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

  8. Swing(verb)

    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

  9. Swing(noun)

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

  10. Swing(noun)

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

  11. Swing(noun)

    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

  12. Swing(noun)

    influence of power of a body put in swaying motion

  13. Swing(noun)

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

  14. Swing(noun)

    free course; unrestrained liberty or license; tendency

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'swing' in Nouns Frequency: #2323

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'swing' in Verbs Frequency: #524

Anagrams of swing

  1. wings

Translations for swing

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an act, period, or manner, of swinging

He was having a swing on the rope; Most golfers would like to improve their swing.

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