Definitions of sway

  1. pitching dangerously to one side
  2. move sideways or in an unsteady way, as of a ship or a vehicle out of control
  3. 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"
  4. sway gently back and forth, as of flowers or tress in the wind
  5. cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm; " You can't persuade me to buy this ugly vase!"; " The teenager's parents were not swayed by their daughter's arguments"
  6. move back and forth in an unstable manner; " the ship was rocking"; " the tall building swayed"; " the tree shook in the wind"
  7. cause to move back and forth; " rock the cradle"; " the wind swayed the trees gently"
  8. controlling influence
  9. move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner; " He swung back"
  10. move back and forth or sideways; " the ship was rocking"; " the tall building swayed"; " She rocked back and forth on her feet"
  11. cause to move back and forth; " rock the cradle"; " rock the baby"; " the wind swayed the trees gently"
  12. To have weight or influence.
  13. To move or wield with the hand; to swing; to wield; as, to sway the scepter.
  14. To influence or direct by power and authority; by persuasion, or by moral force; to rule; to govern; to guide.
  15. 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.
  16. To hoist; as, to sway up the yards.
  17. To be drawn to one side by weight or influence; to lean; to incline.
  18. To move or swing from side to side; or backward and forward.
  19. To bear sway; to rule; to govern.
  20. The act of swaying; a swaying motion; the swing or sweep of a weapon.
  21. Influence, weight, or authority that inclines to one side; as, the sway of desires.
  22. Preponderance; turn or cast of balance.
  23. Rule; dominion; control.
  24. A switch or rod used by thatchers to bind their work.
  25. 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.
  26. To incline to one side; to move or swing from side to side.
  27. 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.
  28. Swayed.
  29. Swaying.
  30. To swing or wield with the hand: to incline to one side: to influence by power or moral force: to govern.
  31. To incline to one side: to govern: to have weight or influence.
  32. The sweep of a weapon: that which moves with power: preponderance: power in governing: influence or authority inclining to one side.
  33. To lean or incline to one side; bend; swing; oscillate.
  34. To direct; influence; rule.
  35. Government; dominion.
  36. The act of swaying.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. To be drawn to one side by weight; to lean; to have weight or influence; to bear rule; to govern.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.

Usage examples for sway

  1. He was right; the tough leather was at length worn through by constant rubbing against the rock, and the strain and sway of the dead horses on the one side, and of the cart upon the other. – Jess by H. Rider Haggard
  2. Not till he felt the bridge begin to sway I presume, had he a notion of his danger. – Alec Forbes of Howglen by George MacDonald
  3. Reason had no sway over him. – The Woman's Bible Part I. Comments on Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Part II. Comments on the Old and New Testaments from Joshua to Revelation. by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  4. The step came nearer, and now he could make out a woman's form, that, either in reality or as an illusion due to the uncertain light, seemed to sway a little unsteadily as she walked. – Doors of the Night by Frank L. Packard
  5. How the poor body must sway in the wind, and the chains creak. – The Light of Scarthey by Egerton Castle
  6. The Arctic night still holds sway but to- day at noon, far to the south, a thin band of twilight shows, giving promise of the return of the sun, and every day now will increase in light. – A Negro Explorer at the North Pole by Matthew A. Henson Commentator: Robert E. Peary Booker T. Washington
  7. However, they went on carefully, it must not be and is not our intent to sway you in any action or decision. – The Galaxy Primes by Edward Elmer Smith
  8. 2325, 2984. 2849 Mahaffy, The Greek World under Roman Sway p. – Roman Society from Nero to Marcus Aurelius by Samuel Dill
  9. There was always a cheerful bit of fire in the old- fashioned grate, and over it from a sway hung a bright little copper kettle, singing away just as the cat that sat on the hearth, blinking at the fire, was doing. – Annie o' the Banks o' Dee by Gordon Stables
  10. Richard had returned to his home, had become, to all intent and purposes, its master; for the justice would never be in a state to hold sway again. – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
  11. The good intentions of others did not sway him. – The Key To Peace by A. Marie Miles
  12. My sacred parents first the reign began, Sent from his courts to guide the paths of man, To plant his fruits, to manifest his sway And give their blessings where he gives the day. – The Columbiad by Joel Barlow
  13. A young lady, who had listened to a solemn sermon of Dr. Posthelwaite's, slipped out of Church before the prayers were ended, and hurried into that deserted portion of the town about the Court House where on week days business held its sway – The Crisis, Volume 4 by Winston Churchill
  14. At length reason resumed her sway – An Antarctic Mystery by Jules Verne
  15. No sentiment save that of a conventional one of honour would be allowed to sway her destiny and his. – The Heart of a Woman by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  16. To and fro they sway and then both men fall heavily to the ground. – Mrs. Geoffrey by Duchess
  17. God save the King, And long may he sway East, north and south And fair America. – Customs and Fashions in Old New England by Alice Morse Earle
  18. If he finds that you haven't torn down his fences while you had full sway he'll not be obliged to go on with the game. – Castle Craneycrow by George Barr McCutcheon
  19. Let leagues eternal bind each friendly land, Given by our voice, and stablisht by our hand; Let that brave people fix their infant sway And spread their blessings with the bounds of day. – The Columbiad by Joel Barlow
  20. Sway is a common noun, of the third person, singular number, neuter gender, and objective case; and is governed by exert; according to Rule 5th, which says, " A noun or a pronoun made the object of an active- transitive verb or participle, is governed by it in the objective case." – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown