Definitions of sway

  1. To be drawn to one side by weight; to lean; to have weight or influence; to bear rule; to govern.
  2. To lean or incline to one side; bend; swing; oscillate.
  3. To direct; influence; rule.
  4. To cause to bend or to move backwards and forwards; as, the wind sways the trees; move with the hand; swing; as, to sway a sword; influence by power or moral force; direct; rule; as, to sway opinion.
  5. To swing or wield with the hand: to incline to one side: to influence by power or moral force: to govern.
  6. To incline to one side; to move or swing from side to side.
  7. To incline to one side: to govern: to have weight or influence.
  8. have as an inherent or characteristic feature or have as a consequence; " This new washer carries a two year guarantee"; " The loan carries a high interest rate"; " this undertaking carries many dangers"; " She carries her mother's genes"; " These bonds carry warrants"; " The restaurant carries an unusual name"
  9. cause to move back and forth; " rock the cradle"; " the wind swayed the trees gently"
  10. move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner; " He swung back"
  11. To wield with the hand; to cause to lean or incline to one side; to influence or direct by power and authority, or by moral force; to swing or wave.
  12. To move backwards and forwards freely in the hand; to wave or swing; to influence or direct by power or force; to hang in a heavy unsteady manner; to lean to one side; to have influence; to bear rule; to govern.
  13. Swaying.
  14. controlling influence
  15. move back and forth or sideways; " the ship was rocking"; " the tall building swayed"; " She rocked back and forth on her feet"
  16. cause to move back and forth; " rock the cradle"; " rock the baby"; " the wind swayed the trees gently"
  17. To move or wield with the hand; to swing; to wield; as, to sway the scepter.
  18. To influence or direct by power and authority; by persuasion, or by moral force; to rule; to govern; to guide.
  19. To cause to incline or swing to one side, or backward and forward; to bias; to turn; to bend; warp; as, reeds swayed by wind; judgment swayed by passion.
  20. To hoist; as, to sway up the yards.
  21. To be drawn to one side by weight or influence; to lean; to incline.
  22. To move or swing from side to side; or backward and forward.
  23. To bear sway; to rule; to govern.
  24. The act of swaying; a swaying motion; the swing or sweep of a weapon.
  25. Influence, weight, or authority that inclines to one side; as, the sway of desires.
  26. Preponderance; turn or cast of balance.
  27. Rule; dominion; control.
  28. A switch or rod used by thatchers to bind their work.
  29. The act of leaning or swinging, or of turning from side to side; rule, dominion, or control; weight, influence, or authority that causes to lean to one side.
  30. The sweep of a weapon: that which moves with power: preponderance: power in governing: influence or authority inclining to one side.
  31. Government; dominion.
  32. The act of swaying.
  33. The swing or sweep of a weapon; anything moving with bulk and power; preponderation; rule; dominion; control; weight or authority that inclines to one side.
  34. The swing or sweep of a weapon; the motion of a thing moving heavily; influence; power exerted in governing; any weight or authority which inclines to one side.
  35. Swayed.
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