What does swing mean?

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

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"

Wiktionary

  1. swingnoun

    The manner in which something is swung.

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

  2. swingnoun

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

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

  3. swingnoun

    A dance style.

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

  4. swingnoun

    The genre of music associated with this dance style.

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

  5. swingnoun

    The amount of change towards or away from something.

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

  6. swingnoun

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

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

  7. swingnoun

    The diameter that a lathe can cut.

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

  8. swingnoun

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

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

  9. swingnoun

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

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

  10. swingverb

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

    The plant swung in the breeze.

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

  11. swingverb

    To dance.

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

  12. swingverb

    To ride on a swing.

    The children laughed as they swung.

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

  13. swingverb

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

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

  14. swingverb

    To hang from the gallows.

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

  15. swingverb

    to move sideways in its trajectory.

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

  16. swingverb

    To fluctuate or change.

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

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

  17. swingverb

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

    He swung his sword as hard as he could.

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

  18. swingverb

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

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

  19. swingverb

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

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

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

  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.

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

  21. swingverb

    to make the ball move sideways in its trajectory.

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

  22. swingverb

    To move one's arm in a punching motion.

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

  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".

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Swingverb

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

    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.]

  2. Swingverb

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

    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.]

  3. Swingverb

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

    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.]

  4. Swingnoun

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

    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.]

  5. Swingnoun

    to be hanged

    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.]

  6. Swingverb

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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  10. Swingnoun

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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  12. Swingnoun

    influence of power of a body put in swaying motion

    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.]

  13. Swingnoun

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

    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.]

  14. Swingnoun

    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

  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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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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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
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Numerology

  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. Elie Seidman:

    Travel season is in full swing and our hope is that Traveler Alert will educate users( travelers and locals alike) who may not have been aware of such state-sponsored laws.

  2. Jesse Watters:

    The White House is basically saying, if you're going to vote Democrat you can come here illegally but if you're going to vote Republican don't come because we do know that Cuban-Americans overwhelmingly vote Republican especially in a swing state of Florida.

  3. Daniel Weiner:

    TV advertising has been decreasing in importance for a long time, but the get-out-the vote stuff is crucial, particularly in an election that people perceive as being more about motivating their core voters, as opposed to winning over swing voters. And what we call ‘ the ground game ’ is quite expensive.

  4. David Price:

    The generalization has been that when House Democrats have a hefty majority House Democrats have a lot of people from( swing) districts that make it hard to maintain House Democrats unity, that's what has changed. House Democrats still have some challenges, and they may take a somewhat different form, but these traditional divisions just aren't what they used to be, not even close.

  5. William Ernest Hocking:

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

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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