Definitions of swing

  1. To move to and fro, as a body suspended in the air with unrestrained tendency to vibrate; to practise swinging; to turn round an anchor, as a ship; to be hanged.
  2. To move to and fro while suspended; move or wave rhythmically.
  3. To turn, as on a pivot; wheel; turn about.
  4. To cause to move to and fro; brandish; as, to swing a cane; cause to turn or wheel about; as, to swing a ship about; put up so as to hang freely; as, to swing a hammock.
  5. To move to and fro: to cause to wave or vibrate: to whirl, to brandish:- pa. t. and pa. p. swung.
  6. To cause to swing; whirl; brandish.
  7. To move to and fro while hanging, as the pendulum of a clock; to turn on, or as on, a hinge, or axis; as, the gate swings open; to go along with a loose, free, swaying gait; as, the soldiers swung around the corner; to use a swing.
  8. To sway or wave to and fro, as a body hanging in air: to vibrate: to practice swinging: to turn round at anchor: to be hanged.
  9. To sway to and fro, as a body hanging free; to vibrate; move or float.
  10. hang freely; " the ornaments dangled from the tree"; " The light dropped from the ceiling"
  11. be a social swinger; socialize a lot
  12. move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner; " He swung back"
  13. have a certain musical rhythm; " The music has to swing"
  14. hit or aim at with a sweeping arm movement; " The soccer player began to swing at the referee"
  15. influence decisively; " This action swung many votes over to his side"
  16. alternate dramatically between high and low values; " his mood swings"; " the market is swinging up and down"
  17. engage freely in promiscuous sex, often with the husband or wife of one's friends; " There were many swinging couples in the 1960's"
  18. play with a subtle and intuitively felt sense of rhythm
  19. change direction with a swinging motion; turn; " swing back"; " swing forward"
  20. move in a curve or arc, usually with the intent of hitting; " He swung his left fist"; " swing a bat"
  21. To move to and fro, as a body suspended in the air; to wave; to vibrate; to oscillate.
  22. To sway or move from one side or direction to another; as, the door swung open.
  23. To use a swing; as, a boy swings for exercise or pleasure. See Swing, n., 3.
  24. To turn round by action of wind or tide when at anchor; as, a ship swings with the tide.
  25. To be hanged.
  26. To cause to swing or vibrate; to cause to move backward and forward, or from one side to the other.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. The act of swinging; a waving, oscillating, or vibratory motion of a hanging or pivoted object; oscillation; as, the swing of a pendulum.
  30. Swaying motion from one side or direction to the other; as, some men walk with a swing.
  31. 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.
  32. Influence of power of a body put in swaying motion.
  33. Capacity of a turning lathe, as determined by the diameter of the largest object that can be turned in it.
  34. Free course; unrestrained liberty or license; tendency.
  35. To make to play loosely; to cause to wave or vibrate; to move to and fro; to brandish.
  36. To cause to wave or vibrate; to wave loosely; to whirl round; to move to and fro; to change position at anchor, as a ship at each turn of the tide; in low language, to be hanged.
  37. in baseball; a batter's attempt to hit a pitched ball; " he took a vicious cut at the ball"
  38. changing location by moving back and forth
  39. a square dance figure; a pair of dancers join hands and dance around a point between them
  40. a sweeping blow or stroke; " he took a wild swing at my head"
  41. mechanical device used as a plaything to support someone swinging back and forth
  42. 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"
  43. The act of swinging; swaying motion from side to side; distance through which an object swings; loose, free gait; an apparatus, usually a rope bearing a seat, for swinging to and fro; full course or freedom; as, to give full swing to imagination.
  44. The act of swinging: motion to and fro: a waving motion: anything suspended for swinging in: the sweep or compass of a swinging body: power of anything swinging: free course.
  45. Act of swinging; motion to and fro; sweep of a swinging body; apparatus for swinging; free course.
  46. The action of swinging.
  47. A free swaying motion.
  48. A contrivance with a seat, on which a person may swing as a pastime.
  49. Free course; compass; sweep.
  50. A waving or vibratory motion; oscillation; motion from one side to the other; a rope or other thing suspended to swing on; influence of a body in motion; unrestrained liberty or license; the sweep of a moving body.
  51. Motion from one side to the other; a waving motion; an apparatus to swing in or from; unrestrained liberty or licence; the sweep of a moving body.
  52. Swinging.
  53. Swung.