What does swing mean?

Definitions for swing

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

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"


  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 it's 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

  15. Origin: [OE. swingen, AS. swingan to scourge, to fly, to flutter; akin to G. schwingen to winnow, to swingle, oscillate, sich schwingen to leap, to soar, OHG. swingan to throw, to scourge, to soar, Sw. svinga to swing, to whirl, Dan. svinge. Cf. Swagger, Sway, Swinge, Swink.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Swing

    swing, v.i. to sway or wave to and fro, as a body hanging in air: to move forward with swaying gait: to vibrate: to practise swinging: to turn round at anchor: to be hanged.—v.t. to move to and fro: to cause to wave or vibrate: to whirl, to brandish: to cause to wheel or turn as about some point: to fix up anything so as to hang freely:—pa.t. and pa.p. swung.—n. the act of swinging: motion to and fro: a waving motion: anything suspended for swinging in: the sweep or compass of a swinging body: the sweep of a golf-club when driving: influence or power of anything put in motion: free course, unrestrained liberty.—ns. Swing′-back, a device for adjusting the plate-holder of a camera at any desired angle; Swing′boat, a boat-shaped carriage swung from a frame, in use for swinging in at fairs, &c.; Swing′-bridge, a bridge that may be moved aside by swinging, at the mouth of docks, &c.; Swing′-churn, a churn-box so hung as to be worked by oscillation; Swing′er; Swing′-han′dle, a pivoted handle of any utensil, esp. a bail or other arched handle; Swing′ing, the act of moving back and forth, esp. the pastime of moving in a swing.—adj. having a free easy motion.—n. Swing′ing-boom, the spar which stretches the foot of a lower studding-sail.—adv. Swing′ingly, in a swinging-manner.—ns. Swing′ing-post, the post to which a gate is hung; Swing′ism, a form of intimidation common in England about 1830-33, which consisted mainly in sending letters signed 'Swing' or 'Captain Swing' to farmers, ordering them under threats to give up threshing-machines, &c.; Swing′-mō′tion, a mechanism in the truck of a railway carriage, &c., permitting swaying from side to side; Swing′-pan, a sugar-pan with spout, pivoted so that it may be emptied by tipping; Swing′-plough, a plough without a fore-wheel under the beam; Swing′-shelf, a hanging shelf; Swing′-stock, an upright timber, with a blunt edge at top over which flax was beaten by the swingle—also Swing′ing-block; Swing′-swang, a complete oscillation.—adj. swinging, drawling.—ns. Swing′-tā′ble, a moveable bed on which plate-glass is cemented for polishing; Swing′-tool, a holder swinging on horizontal centres, on which work is fastened so as to hold flat against the face of a file; Swing′-tree=Swingle-tree (q.v.); Swing′-trot, a swinging trot; Swing′-wheel, the wheel that drives a clock pendulum, corresponding to the balance-wheel in a watch. [A.S. swingan; Ger. schwingen, to swing; allied to wag, sway.]

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

  2. Verbs Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of swing in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of swing in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of swing in a Sentence

  1. Nick Faldo:

    With a swing like that, don't mess with it.

  2. Signs:

    Graham Swing away Merrill. Merrill... swing away.

  3. Kris Kobach:

    New Hampshire is a swing state. Everybody comes here.

  4. Beth Hoppe:

    Theres no question this is a big swing for the fences.

  5. Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia:

    Do you play on the swing, or has the plank already broken?

Images & Illustrations of swing

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Translations for swing

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  • swaai, skoppelmaaiAfrikaans
  • تأرجحArabic
  • ཇིང་ཏ་ལིང་ཏTibetan Standard
  • engronsar, gronxador, balancejarCatalan, Valencian
  • houpačka, houpat seCzech
  • Schaukel, Hutsche, schaukeln, schwanken, baumeln, schwingenGerman
  • κουνώ, κούνια, σουίνγκ, κουνιέμαι, μεταστροφήGreek
  • svingomuziko, svingo, pendolilo, balanci, svingomuzikumiEsperanto
  • mecer, columpiar, columpio, balancear, oscilaciónSpanish
  • kiik, kiigedEstonian
  • تابPersian
  • tulos, kierre, swingi, heilauttaa, keinu, heilahdus, svengata, keinua, kiertyä, heiluttaa, väärentää, heilautus, swing, hoitaa, pyöräyttää, heilua, roikkua, heilahtaa, keinuttaaFinnish
  • swing, balancer, swinguer, balançoire, revirement, osciller, se balancer, balancementFrench
  • luascánIrish
  • झूलाHindi
  • leng, lóg, hinta, himbálózikHungarian
  • sveiflast, róla, sveifla, hangaIcelandic
  • altalena, oscillare, ondeggiare, altalenare, andare sull'altalenaItalian
  • ブランコ, 鞦韆, 揺さぶる, 揺れる, 振れるJapanese
  • 그네Korean
  • جۆلانه‌Kurdish
  • schaukelenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • suptisLithuanian
  • šūpolesLatvian
  • kautārere, tārere, kōpiupiuMāori
  • лулашка, нишалка, замав, лула, се лула, виси, ниша, свинг, се нишаMacedonian
  • huske, disse, gyngeNorwegian
  • schommelDutch
  • disse, gynge, huskeNorwegian Nynorsk
  • huśtawkaPolish
  • balanço, [[andar]] [[de]] [[baloiço]], balançarPortuguese
  • balansa, legănaRomanian
  • замах, взмах, свинг, качаться, размах, качели, раскачиватьсяRussian
  • ljuljaškaSerbo-Croatian
  • gunga, svingaSwedish
  • ఉయ్యాల, ఊయలTelugu
  • salıncakTurkish
  • pendülömVolapük

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