What does sway mean?

Definitions for sway
sweɪsway

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sway.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sway(noun)

    controlling influence

  2. rock, careen, sway, tilt(verb)

    pitching dangerously to one side

  3. 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"

  4. swing, sway(verb)

    move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner

    "He swung back"

  5. carry, persuade, sway(verb)

    win approval or support for

    "Carry all before one"; "His speech did not sway the voters"

  6. rock, sway(verb)

    cause to move back and forth

    "rock the cradle"; "rock the baby"; "the wind swayed the trees gently"

Wiktionary

  1. sway(Noun)

    The act of swaying; a swaying motion; a swing or sweep of a weapon.

    Etymology: 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’).

  2. sway(Noun)

    A rocking or swinging motion.

    The old song caused a little sway in everyone in the room.

    Etymology: 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’).

  3. sway(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: 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’).

  4. sway(Noun)

    Preponderance; turn or cast of balance.

    Etymology: 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’).

  5. sway(Noun)

    Rule; dominion; control.

    Etymology: 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’).

  6. sway(Noun)

    A switch or rod used by thatchers to bind their work.

    Etymology: 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’).

  7. sway(Noun)

    The maximum amplitude of a vehicle's lateral motion

    Etymology: 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’).

  8. sway(Verb)

    To move or swing from side to side; or backward and forward; to rock.

    Etymology: 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’).

  9. sway(Verb)

    To move or wield with the hand; to swing; to wield; as, to sway the scepter.

    Etymology: 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’).

  10. sway(Verb)

    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?

    Etymology: 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’).

  11. sway(Verb)

    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

    Etymology: 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’).

  12. sway(Verb)

    To hoist (a mast or yard) into position

    to sway up the yards

    Etymology: 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’).

  13. sway(Verb)

    To be drawn to one side by weight or influence; to lean; to incline.

    Etymology: 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’).

  14. sway(Verb)

    To have weight or influence.

    Etymology: 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’).

  15. sway(Verb)

    To bear sway; to rule; to govern.

    Etymology: 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’).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sway(verb)

    to move or wield with the hand; to swing; to wield; as, to sway the scepter

  2. Sway(verb)

    to influence or direct by power and authority; by persuasion, or by moral force; to rule; to govern; to guide

  3. Sway(verb)

    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

  4. Sway(verb)

    to hoist; as, to sway up the yards

  5. Sway(verb)

    to be drawn to one side by weight or influence; to lean; to incline

  6. Sway(verb)

    to move or swing from side to side; or backward and forward

  7. Sway(verb)

    to have weight or influence

  8. Sway(verb)

    to bear sway; to rule; to govern

  9. Sway(noun)

    the act of swaying; a swaying motion; the swing or sweep of a weapon

  10. Sway(noun)

    influence, weight, or authority that inclines to one side; as, the sway of desires

  11. Sway(noun)

    preponderance; turn or cast of balance

  12. Sway(noun)

    rule; dominion; control

  13. Sway(noun)

    a switch or rod used by thatchers to bind their work

Freebase

  1. Sway

    "Sway" is the English version of "¿Quién será?", a 1953 mambo song by Mexican composer and bandleader Pablo Beltrán Ruiz. The most famous version is that of Dean Martin recorded in 1954. English lyrics are by Norman Gimbel. Since then the song has been recorded and remixed by many artists.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sway

    swā, v.t. to swing or wield with the hand: to incline to one side: to influence by power or moral force: to govern: to hoist, raise.—v.i. to incline to one side: to govern: to have weight or influence.—n. the sweep of a weapon: that which moves with power: preponderance: power in governing: influence or authority inclining to one side: a thatcher's binding-switch.—adj. Swayed (Shak.), bent down and injured in the back by heavy burdens—said of a horse. [Prob. Scand., as Ice. sveigja, Dan. svaie, to sway; akin to swing.]

CrunchBase

  1. Sway

    Headquartered in the Silicon Prairie of Madison, Wisconsin, Shoutlet, Inc. was a privately held technology firm that developed tools to help global brands, small businesses, and marketing agencies build, engage, and measure social media communication via one affordable, easy-to-use, multi-user application.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. sway

    The swing or sweep of a weapon. “To strike with huge two-handed sway.”

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sway in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sway in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of sway in a Sentence

  1. Gavin Parry:

    The markets are still under the sway of fiscal policy at the moment, the focus is still very much on governments and central bank policy and there's a lack of consensus on what policy outcomes might be, which has kept conviction down and turnover in the market low.

  2. Matthew Prior:

    Fantastic tyrant of the amorous heart. How hard thy yoke, how cruel thy dart. Those escape your anger who refuse your sway, and those are punished most, who most obey.

  3. Jeanne Zaino:

    These types of contributions -- any contributions -- to public officials are important and they do sway votes.

  4. Alan German:

    I like the way she's balancing out things when she openly contradicts blatantly ridiculous stuff that comes out of the administration, she's playing both side of the field. On the one hand she's got the Duterte supporters, obviously because of her last name and who she is, and on the other hand, she's trying to woo these sway guys who think 'it won't be so bad if it's Sara'.

  5. Michel Barnier:

    I see the temptation of a' blame game' by which the European Union is responsible for the negative consequences of Brexit, but that will not sway us. That will not sway me.

Images & Illustrations of sway

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Translations for sway

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  • swaaieAfrikaans
  • تمايلArabic
  • schwingen, beherrschen, schwenken, schwanken, schaukeln, sich wiegen, beeinflussenGerman
  • balancear, balanceo, influenciaSpanish
  • vaikuttaa, vaikutusvalta, huojuminen, heiluminen, kallistua, heilua, huojunta, heilunta, huojua, hallita, heiluttaaFinnish
  • sveiggja, sveiggjFaroese
  • balancementFrench
  • बोलबालाHindi
  • hintázik, ringatózik, hintázás, hullámzás, suhint, ring, lóbál, hullámzik, ringatózás, inog, imbolyog, himbálózik, befolyásHungarian
  • bergoyangIndonesian
  • ondeggiareItalian
  • לְהִתְנַעֲנֵעַHebrew
  • imperiumLatin
  • kōngangengange, raumaewa, tītahatahaMāori
  • whakapakepake, koiriMalay
  • svai, svinge, svaieNorwegian
  • zwaaienDutch
  • rządzić, władza, trząśćPolish
  • balançar, oscilaçãoPortuguese
  • legănareRomanian
  • власть, качание, качаться, качатьRussian
  • ஸ்வேTamil
  • แกว่งไปแกว่งมาThai
  • колисьUkrainian
  • بولوUrdu
  • 摇摆Chinese

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