Swing vs Dangle - What's the difference?

swing | dangle |

As verbs the difference between swing and dangle

is that swing is to rotate about an off-centre fixed point while dangle is to hang loosely with the ability to swing.

As nouns the difference between swing and dangle

is that swing is the manner in which something is swung while dangle is an agent of one intelligence agency or group who pretends to be interested in defecting or turning to another intelligence agency or group.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



(wikipedia swing)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) swingen, from (etyl) swingan, from (etyl) (compare Scottish Gaelic seang 'thin').


  • To rotate about an off-centre fixed point.
  • The plant swung in the breeze.
  • * 1912 , (Edgar Rice Burroughs), (Tarzan of the Apes), Chapter 12
  • With one accord the tribe swung rapidly toward the frightened cries, and there found Terkoz holding an old female by the hair and beating her unmercifully with his great hands.
  • To dance.
  • To ride on a swing.
  • The children laughed as they swung .
  • To participate in the lifestyle; to participate in wife-swapping.
  • To hang from the gallows.
  • (intransitive, cricket, of a ball) to move sideways in its trajectory.
  • To fluctuate or change.
  • It wasn't long before the crowd's mood swung towards restless irritability.
  • To move (an object) backward and forward; to wave.
  • He swung his sword as hard as he could.
  • To change (a numerical result); especially to change the outcome of an election.
  • To make (something) work; especially to afford (something) financially.
  • If it’s not too expensive, I think we can swing it.
  • (music) To play notes that are in pairs by making the first of the pair slightly longer than written (augmentation) and the second, resulting in a bouncy, uneven rhythm.
  • (cricket) (of a bowler) to make the ball move sideways in its trajectory.
  • (transitive, and, intransitive, boxing) To move one's arm in a punching motion.
  • In dancing, to turn around in a small circle with one's partner, holding hands or arms.
  • "to swing''' one's partner", or simply "to '''swing "
  • (engineering) To admit or turn something for the purpose of shaping it; said of a lathe.
  • The lathe can swing a pulley of 12 inches diameter.
  • (carpentry) To put (a door, gate, etc.) on hinges so that it can swing or turn.
  • (nautical) To turn round by action of wind or tide when at anchor.
  • A ship swings with the tide.
    Derived terms
    * come out swinging
    *(to rotate about an off-centre fixed point) pivot, swivel

    Etymology 2

    From the above verb.


    (en noun)
  • The manner in which something is swung.
  • A line, cord, or other thing suspended and hanging loose, upon which anything may swing.
  • A hanging seat in a children's playground, for acrobats in a circus, or on a porch for relaxing.
  • * , chapter=12
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=To Edward […] he was terrible, nerve-inflaming, poisonously asphyxiating. He sat rocking himself in the late Mr. Churchill's swing chair, smoking and twaddling.}}
  • A dance style.
  • (music) The genre of music associated with this dance style.
  • The amount of change towards or away from something.
  • # (politics) In an election, the increase or decrease in the number of votes for opposition parties compared with votes for the incumbent party.
  • The polls showed a wide swing to Labour.
  • (cricket) Sideways movement of the ball as it flies through the air.
  • The diameter that a lathe can cut.
  • In a musical theater production, a performer who understudies several roles.
  • A basic dance step in which a pair link hands and turn round together in a circle.
  • Capacity of a turning lathe, as determined by the diameter of the largest object that can be turned in it.
  • (obsolete) Free course; unrestrained liberty.
  • * (John Dryden)
  • Take thy swing .
  • * Burke
  • To prevent anything which may prove an obstacle to the full swing of his genius.
    * 1937 June 11, Judy Garland, “All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm”, A day at the races , Sam Wood (director), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer *: All God’s chillun got rhythm. All God's chillun got swing . *: Maybe haven't got money, maybe haven't got shoes. *: All God’s chillun got rhythm for to [sic. ] push away their blues.
    Derived terms
    * swing of things




  • to hang loosely with the ability to swing
  • * Hudibras
  • He'd rather on a gibbet dangle / Than miss his dear delight, to wrangle.
  • * Tennyson
  • From her lifted hand / Dangled a length of ribbon.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-07, author=David Simpson
  • , volume=188, issue=26, page=36, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Fantasy of navigation , passage=Like most human activities, ballooning has sponsored heroes and hucksters and a good deal in between. For every dedicated scientist patiently recording atmospheric pressure and wind speed while shivering at high altitudes, there is a carnival barker with a bevy of pretty girls willing to dangle from a basket or parachute down to earth.}}
  • (intransitive, slang, ice hockey, lacrosse) The action of performing a move or deke with the puck in order to get past a defender or goalie; perhaps because of the resemblance to dangling the puck on a string.
  • To hang or trail something loosely.
  • To trail or follow around.
  • * 1833 , Miller's Modern Acting Drama
  • To dangle at the elbow of a wench who can't make up her mind to accept the common title of wife, till she has been courted a certain number of weeks — so the old blinker, her father, says.


    (wikipedia dangle) (en noun)
  • An agent of one intelligence agency or group who pretends to be interested in defecting or turning to another intelligence agency or group.
  • (slang, ice hockey, lacrosse) The action of dangling; a series of complex stick tricks and fakes in order to defeat the defender in style.
  • That was a sick dangle for a great goal!
  • A dangling ornament or decoration.
  • * 1941 , Flora Thompson, Over to Candleford
  • So her father wrote to Mrs. Herring, and one day she arrived and turned out to be a little, lean old lady with a dark brown mole on one leathery cheek and wearing a black bonnet decorated with jet dangles , like tiny fishing rods.


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