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Princeton's WordNet

  1. swingnoun

    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. swingnoun

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

  3. swingnoun

    a sweeping blow or stroke

    "he took a wild swing at my head"

  4. swing, swinging, vacillationnoun

    changing location by moving back and forth

  5. swing, swing music, jivenoun

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

  6. lilt, swingnoun

    a jaunty rhythm in music

  7. golf stroke, golf shot, swingnoun

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

  8. baseball swing, swing, cutnoun

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

    "he took a vicious cut at the ball"

  9. swingverb

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

  10. swingverb

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

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

  11. swing, swayverb

    move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner

    "He swung back"

  12. swingverb

    change direction with a swinging motion; turn

    "swing back"; "swing forward"

  13. swing, swing oververb

    influence decisively

    "This action swung many votes over to his side"

  14. swing, sweep, swing outverb

    make a big sweeping gesture or movement

  15. dangle, swing, dropverb

    hang freely

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

  16. swingverb

    hit or aim at with a sweeping arm movement

    "The soccer player began to swing at the referee"

  17. swingverb

    alternate dramatically between high and low values

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

  18. swingverb

    live in a lively, modern, and relaxed style

    "The Woodstock generation attempted to swing freely"

  19. swingverb

    have a certain musical rhythm

    "The music has to swing"

  20. swing, get aroundverb

    be a social swinger; socialize a lot

  21. swingverb

    play with a subtle and intuitively felt sense of rhythm

  22. swingverb

    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. swingnoun

    The manner in which something is swung.

  2. swingnoun

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

  3. swingnoun

    A dance style.

  4. swingnoun

    The genre of music associated with this dance style.

  5. swingnoun

    The amount of change towards or away from something.

  6. swingnoun

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

  7. swingnoun

    The diameter that a lathe can cut.

  8. swingnoun

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

  9. swingnoun

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

  10. swingverb

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

    The plant swung in the breeze.

  11. swingverb

    To dance.

  12. swingverb

    To ride on a swing.

    The children laughed as they swung.

  13. swingverb

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

  14. swingverb

    To hang from the gallows.

  15. swingverb

    to move sideways in its trajectory.

  16. swingverb

    To fluctuate or change.

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

  17. swingverb

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

    He swung his sword as hard as he could.

  18. swingverb

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

  19. swingverb

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

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

  20. swingverb

    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. swingverb

    to make the ball move sideways in its trajectory.

  22. swingverb

    To move one's arm in a punching motion.

  23. swingverb

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Swingnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    In casting of any thing, the arms, to make a greater swing, are first cast backward. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Men use a pendulum, as a more steady and regular motion than that of the earth; yet if any one should ask how he certainly knows that the two successive swings of a pendulum are equal, it would be very hard to satisfy him. John Locke.

    The ram that batters down the wall,
    For the great swing and rudeness of his poize,
    They place before his hand that made the engine. William Shakespeare.

    In this encyclopœdia, and round of knowledge, like the great wheels of heaven, we’re to observe two circles, that, while we are daily carried about, and whirled on by the swing and rapt of the one, we may maintain a natural and proper course in the sober wheel of the other. Brown.

    The descending of the earth to this orbit is not upon that mechanical account Cartesius pretends, namely, the strong swing of the more solid globuli that overflow it. More.

    Facts unjust
    Commit, even to the full swing of his lust. George Chapman.

    Take thy swing;
    For not to take, is but the self-same thing. Dryden.

    Let them all take their swing
    To pillage the king,
    And get a blue ribband instead of a string. Jonathan Swift.

    Where the swing goeth, there follow, fawn, flatter, laugh, and lie lustily at other mens liking. Roger Ascham, Schoolmaster.

    These exuberant productions only excited and fomented his lusts; so that his whole time lay upon his hands, and gave him leisure to contrive and with full swing pursue his follies. Wood.

    Those that are so persuaded, desire to be wise in a way that will gratify their appetites, and so give up themselves to the swing of their unbounded propensions. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps. Preface.

    Were it not for these, civil government were not able to stand before the prevailing swing of corrupt nature, which would know no honesty but advantage. South.

  2. To Swingverb

    preterite swang, swung.

    His sword prepar’d
    He swang about his head, and cut the winds. William Shakespeare.

    Take bottles and swing them: fill not the bottles full, but leave some air, else the liquor cannot play nor flower. Francis Bacon.

    Swinging a red-hot iron about, or fastening it unto a wheel under that motion, it will sooner grow cold. Brown.

    Swing thee in the air, then dash thee down,
    To th’ hazard of thy brains and shatter’d sides. John Milton.

    If one approach to dare his force,
    He swings his tail, and swiftly turns him round. Dryden.

  3. To Swingverb

    Etymology: swingan , Saxon.

    I tried if a pendulum would swing faster, or continue swinging longer in our receiver, in case of exsuction of the air, than otherwise. Boyle.

    If the coach swung but the least to one side, she used to shriek so loud, that all concluded she was overturned. Arbuthn.

    Jack hath hanged himself: let us go see how he swings. Arb.

    When the swinging signs your ears offend
    With creaking noise, then rainy floods impend. John Gay.


  1. Swing

    Swing is the lead single from Savages debut solo album, Moonshine. It was released in January 2005 and went on to reach number one in the New Zealand singles chart. In 2008, it was released as a single in the United States with a re-done version featuring Soulja Boy, as well as an additional version featuring Pitbull. Both remixes are featured on the rapper's second studio album Savage Island. There are also covers of this song by metalcore bands Drop Dead, Gorgeous and Miss May I. "Swing" was remixed by Australian producer Joel Fletcher in 2013. The remix, credited as "Joel Fletcher & Savage", has reached number two in Australia - charting much higher than the original version. A music video was filmed on 17 December 2013 and released on 14 January 2014. The track features on the Australian release of Ministry of Sound - The Annual 2014. This version of the song was certified triple platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association.


  1. swing

    Swing refers to a rhythmic movement back and forth or side to side, usually in a smooth and pendular motion. It can be applied to various contexts such as a swinging motion of a pendulum, the movement of a person on a swing set, or a particular style of jazz music characterized by syncopated rhythms and improvisation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Swingverb

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

  2. Swingverb

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

  3. Swingverb

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

  4. Swingnoun

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

  5. Swingnoun

    to be hanged

  6. Swingverb

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

  7. Swingverb

    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. Swingverb

    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. Swingnoun

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

  10. Swingnoun

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

  11. Swingnoun

    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. Swingnoun

    influence of power of a body put in swaying motion

  13. Swingnoun

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

  14. Swingnoun

    free course; unrestrained liberty or license; tendency

  15. Etymology: [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.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. swingnoun

    To have sexual intercourse (Grand Puba). If you throw a punch some might say you decided to swing for 'em.(Scouse slang) To swing can also mean to be in an "open" relationship, in which both of you are allowed to "be with" other people sometimes.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SWING

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Swing is ranked #15546 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Swing surname appeared 1,882 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Swing.

    84% or 1,582 total occurrences were White.
    7.1% or 134 total occurrences were Black.
    4.4% or 83 total occurrences were Asian.
    2.1% or 41 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 37 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.2% or 5 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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

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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. Tiger Woods:

    I had serious doubts after what transpired a couple years ago. I could barely walk. I couldn't sit. Couldn't lay down. I really couldn't do much of anything, luckily I had the procedure on my back, which gave me a chance at having a normal life. But then all of a sudden, I realized I could actually swing a golf club again.

  2. House Speaker John Boehner:

    She can't sit on the sidelines and let the President swing in the wind here.

  3. Don Felder:

    When I first left the Eagles, I said, 'That's it. I'm going to play golf.' After 10 days, it was like... there has to be more to life! I can still swing a golf club, and don't forget, Les Paul played until he literally passed away.

  4. William Ernest Hocking:

    We cannot swing up on a rope that is attached only to our own belt.

  5. Jordan Spieth:

    I had a couple of really bad swings, i struggled with my swing really both days. Just didn't hit the ball well at all.

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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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