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Swing meaning

swing - 22 dictionary results

  1. 1. alternate dramatically between high and low values; " his mood swings"; " the market is swinging up and down"
  2. 2. play with a subtle and intuitively felt sense of rhythm
  3. 3. change direction with a swinging motion; turn; " swing back"; " swing forward"
  4. 4. move in a curve or arc, usually with the intent of hitting; " He swung his left fist"; " swing a bat"
  5. 5. live in a lively, modern, and relaxed style; " The Woodstock generation attempted to swing freely"
  6. 6. To move to and fro, as a body suspended in the air; to wave; to vibrate; to oscillate.
  7. 7. To sway or move from one side or direction to another; as, the door swung open.
  8. 8. To use a swing; as, a boy swings for exercise or pleasure. See Swing, n., 3.
  9. 9. To turn round by action of wind or tide when at anchor; as, a ship swings with the tide.
  10. 10. To be hanged.
  11. 11. To cause to swing or vibrate; to cause to move backward and forward, or from one side to the other.
  12. 12. 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.
  13. 13. 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.
  14. 14. The act of swinging; a waving, oscillating, or vibratory motion of a hanging or pivoted object; oscillation; as, the swing of a pendulum.
  15. 15. Swaying motion from one side or direction to the other; as, some men walk with a swing.
  16. 16. 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.
  17. 17. Influence of power of a body put in swaying motion.
  18. 18. Capacity of a turning lathe, as determined by the diameter of the largest object that can be turned in it.
  19. 19. Free course; unrestrained liberty or license; tendency.
  20. 20. Act of swinging; motion to and fro; sweep of a swinging body; apparatus for swinging; free course.
  21. 21. To cause to swing; whirl; brandish.
  22. 22. To sway to and fro, as a body hanging free; to vibrate; move or float.

swing - examples of usage

  1. At the very last she saw Jeffrey swing his rifle across the saddle in front of him, and a shadow fell across her heart. - "The Shepherd of the North", Richard Aumerle Maher.
  2. Now swing your canoe well out into the lake, and head him off on the point, a quarter of a mile below. - "Ways of Wood Folk", William J. Long.
  3. She came out to the front through the swing- door, looked up and down the road, and seemed to go back happier. - "Somehow Good", William de Morgan.
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