Definitions for swing
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word swing.
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"
mechanical device used as a plaything to support someone swinging back and forth
a sweeping blow or stroke
"he took a wild swing at my head"
swing, swinging, vacillationnoun
changing location by moving back and forth
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
a jaunty rhythm in music
golf stroke, golf shot, swingnoun
the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it
baseball swing, swing, cutnoun
in baseball; a batter's attempt to hit a pitched ball
"he took a vicious cut at the ball"
a square dance figure; a pair of dancers join hands and dance around a point between them
move in a curve or arc, usually with the intent of hitting
"He swung his left fist"; "swing a bat"
move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner
"He swung back"
change direction with a swinging motion; turn
"swing back"; "swing forward"
swing, swing oververb
"This action swung many votes over to his side"
swing, sweep, swing outverb
make a big sweeping gesture or movement
dangle, swing, dropverb
"the ornaments dangled from the tree"; "The light dropped from the ceiling"
hit or aim at with a sweeping arm movement
"The soccer player began to swing at the referee"
alternate dramatically between high and low values
"his mood swings"; "the market is swinging up and down"
live in a lively, modern, and relaxed style
"The Woodstock generation attempted to swing freely"
have a certain musical rhythm
"The music has to swing"
swing, get aroundverb
be a social swinger; socialize a lot
play with a subtle and intuitively felt sense of rhythm
engage freely in promiscuous sex, often with the husband or wife of one's friends
"There were many swinging couples in the 1960's"
The manner in which something is swung.
A hanging seat in a children's playground, for acrobats in a circus, or on a porch for relaxing.
A dance style.
The genre of music associated with this dance style.
The amount of change towards or away from something.
Sideways movement of the ball as it flies through the air.
The diameter that a lathe can cut.
In a musical theater production, a performer who understudies several roles.
A basic dance step in which a pair link hands and turn round together in a circle.
To move backward and forward, especially rotating about or hanging from a fixed point.
The plant swung in the breeze.
To ride on a swing.
The children laughed as they swung.
To participate in the swinging lifestyle; to participate in wife-swapping.
To hang from the gallows.
to move sideways in its trajectory.
To fluctuate or change.
It wasn't long before the crowd's mood swung towards restless irritability.
To move (an object) backward and forward; to wave.
He swung his sword as hard as he could.
To change (a numerical result); especially to change the outcome of an election.
To make (something) work; especially to afford (something) financially.
If it's not too expensive, I think we can swing it.
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.
to make the ball move sideways in its trajectory.
To move one's arm in a punching motion.
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".
Etymology: swingen, from swingan, from swinganan (cf. German schwingen 'to brandish', Swedish svinga), from su̯eng (cf. Scottish Gaelic seang 'thin').
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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.
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.
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.
to move to and fro, as a body suspended in the air; to wave; to vibrate; to oscillate
to sway or move from one side or direction to another; as, the door swung open
to use a swing; as, a boy swings for exercise or pleasure. See Swing, n., 3
to turn round by action of wind or tide when at anchor; as, a ship swings with the tide
to be hanged
to cause to swing or vibrate; to cause to move backward and forward, or from one side to the other
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
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
the act of swinging; a waving, oscillating, or vibratory motion of a hanging or pivoted object; oscillation; as, the swing of a pendulum
swaying motion from one side or direction to the other; as, some men walk with a swing
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
influence of power of a body put in swaying motion
capacity of a turning lathe, as determined by the diameter of the largest object that can be turned in it
free course; unrestrained liberty or license; tendency
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
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.]
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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British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'swing' in Nouns Frequency: #2323
Rank popularity for the word 'swing' in Verbs Frequency: #524
The numerical value of swing in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of swing in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
It was a fun start to the year. I've had a lot of time off, it was fun to get back into the swing of it, i had a good solid round.
, Rick Perry suggested Donald Trump with swing state-voters is a headline grabber not a problem solver. ‘ For the last 14 years, I’ve had to live in the real world and deal with real world issues and come up with real world solutions.
If we don't turn this around, it may be the start of donors not viewing Florida as a swing state, republicans have the ability this cycle to shut the door.
How does she know Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's not going to use Facebook to identify the swing voters in the different states to make sure that it's not her that gets the Democratic nomination, right ? and look, I don't think they would be stupid enough to do that now. But until yesterday I thought it was more of a theoretical possibility.
We love that students can swing their feet back and forth ... and be in perpetual motion and can do that without bothering anyone else.
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- swaai, skoppelmaaiAfrikaans
- 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
- 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
- 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
- schaukelenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- kautārere, tārere, kōpiupiuMāori
- лулашка, нишалка, замав, лула, се лула, виси, ниша, свинг, се нишаMacedonian
- huske, disse, gyngeNorwegian
- disse, gynge, huskeNorwegian Nynorsk
- balanço, [[andar]] [[de]] [[baloiço]], balançarPortuguese
- balansa, legănaRomanian
- замах, взмах, свинг, качаться, размах, качели, раскачиватьсяRussian
- gunga, svingaSwedish
- ఉయ్యాల, ఊయలTelugu
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