Revolve vs Swing - What's the difference?

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As verbs the difference between revolve and swing

is that revolve is (label) to orbit a central point while swing is to rotate about an off-centre fixed point.

As a noun swing is

the manner in which something is swung.




  • (label) To orbit a central point.
  • To turn on an axis.
  • *
  • It is never possible to settle down to the ordinary routine of life at sea until the screw begins to revolve . There is an hour or two, after the passengers have embarked, which is disquieting and fussy.
  • (label) To recur in cycles.
  • (label) To ponder on, to reflect repeatedly upon, to consider all aspects of.
  • * 1843 , (Thomas Carlyle), '', Bk.2, Ch.6, ''Monk Samson :
  • He sits silent, revolving many thoughts, at the foot of St. Edmund’s Shrine.


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    (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