Definitions of swing

  1. in baseball; a batter's attempt to hit a pitched ball; " he took a vicious cut at the ball"
  2. hang freely; " the ornaments dangled from the tree"; " The light dropped from the ceiling"
  3. be a social swinger; socialize a lot
  4. a jaunty rhythm in music
  5. move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner; " He swung back"
  6. have a certain musical rhythm; " The music has to swing"
  7. changing location by moving back and forth
  8. a square dance figure; a pair of dancers join hands and dance around a point between them
  9. a sweeping blow or stroke; " he took a wild swing at my head"
  10. mechanical device used as a plaything to support someone swinging back and forth
  11. 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"
  12. hit or aim at with a sweeping arm movement; " The soccer player began to swing at the referee"
  13. influence decisively; " This action swung many votes over to his side"
  14. alternate dramatically between high and low values; " his mood swings"; " the market is swinging up and down"
  15. engage freely in promiscuous sex, often with the husband or wife of one's friends; " There were many swinging couples in the 1960's"
  16. play with a subtle and intuitively felt sense of rhythm
  17. change direction with a swinging motion; turn; " swing back"; " swing forward"
  18. move in a curve or arc, usually with the intent of hitting; " He swung his left fist"; " swing a bat"
  19. To move to and fro, as a body suspended in the air; to wave; to vibrate; to oscillate.
  20. To sway or move from one side or direction to another; as, the door swung open.
  21. To use a swing; as, a boy swings for exercise or pleasure. See Swing, n., 3.
  22. To turn round by action of wind or tide when at anchor; as, a ship swings with the tide.
  23. To be hanged.
  24. To cause to swing or vibrate; to cause to move backward and forward, or from one side to the other.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. The act of swinging; a waving, oscillating, or vibratory motion of a hanging or pivoted object; oscillation; as, the swing of a pendulum.
  28. Swaying motion from one side or direction to the other; as, some men walk with a swing.
  29. 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.
  30. Influence of power of a body put in swaying motion.
  31. Capacity of a turning lathe, as determined by the diameter of the largest object that can be turned in it.
  32. Free course; unrestrained liberty or license; tendency.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. Swung.
  37. Swinging.
  38. 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.
  39. To move to and fro: to cause to wave or vibrate: to whirl, to brandish:- pa. t. and pa. p. swung.
  40. 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.
  41. Act of swinging; motion to and fro; sweep of a swinging body; apparatus for swinging; free course.
  42. To cause to swing; whirl; brandish.
  43. To sway to and fro, as a body hanging free; to vibrate; move or float.
  44. To move to and fro while suspended; move or wave rhythmically.
  45. To turn, as on a pivot; wheel; turn about.
  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. To make to play loosely; to cause to wave or vibrate; to move to and fro; to brandish.
  52. 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.
  53. 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.
  54. 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.

Usage examples for swing

  1. But once things got into swing, she had no further trouble except with poor, awkward, shy Georgiana. – The Motor Maids by Palm and Pine by Katherine Stokes
  2. The swing made even a prettier picture than the house. – Mary Erskine by Jacob Abbott
  3. The dance was on again full swing. – Wyoming, a Story of the Outdoor West by William MacLeod Raine
  4. We will let her have her swing, and see what comes of it. – That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green
  5. Let's come and swing on the ring, if you are quite sure about your poor nose." – Peggy by Laura E. Richards
  6. All ready now for our big swing! – Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue Playing Circus by Laura Lee Hope
  7. One of the great gates began to swing shut, far at the end of the track. – The Flying Legion by George Allan England
  8. " But he have got a machine, and Jack Swing is coming, and if he don't come home to see to the poor ladies-" " Bless me, and who may it be?" – The Carbonels by Charlotte M. Yonge
  9. Give them, or I swing at dawn upon the common! – The Reckoning by Robert W. Chambers
  10. Firs', we swing down de riv'. – Prairie Flowers by James B. Hendryx
  11. Henry made us a swing. – Libro segundo de lectura by Ellen M. Cyr
  12. The house party was in full swing. – The Comings of Cousin Ann by Emma Speed Sampson
  13. Faith, and I will, Harry, cried Sir Humphrey, and Bacon was a greater man than the king, if I were to swing for it; but, Harry, you cannot by yourself move these. – The Heart's Highway A Romance of Virginia in the Seventeeth Century by Mary E. Wilkins
  14. I've had my eye on it for a good while, but I ain't going to touch it unless I can swing it all. – The Main Chance by Meredith Nicholson
  15. All nature understood that swing. – The Grizzly King by James Oliver Curwood
  16. 1979, this line representing the spiral it will cut with those change gears, and all that remains to do is to swing the work over so that this line is parallel with the face of the cutter, as shown in Fig. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  17. " We'd better take a swing down the valley, just to get a good look, then head back for Baguio," Rick said. – The Golden Skull by John Blaine
  18. At first I almost thought it was old Jessup's daughter; but for the lift of her head, and the swing in her walk, one might take her for that. – Norston's Rest by Ann S. Stephens