From (etyl) swingen, from (etyl) swingan, from (etyl) (compare Scottish Gaelic seang 'thin').
To rotate about an off-centre fixed point.
* 1912 , (Edgar Rice Burroughs), (Tarzan of the Apes), Chapter 12
- The plant swung in the breeze.
To ride on a swing.
- 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 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.
- The children laughed as they swung .
To move (an object) backward and forward; to wave.
- It wasn't long before the crowd's mood swung towards restless irritability.
To change (a numerical result); especially to change the outcome of an election.
To make (something) work; especially to afford (something) financially.
- He swung his sword as hard as he could.
(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.
- If it’s not too expensive, I think we can swing it.
(engineering) To admit or turn something for the purpose of shaping it; said of a lathe.
- "to swing''' one's partner", or simply "to '''swing "
(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.
- The lathe can swing a pulley of 12 inches diameter.
- A ship swings with the tide.
* come out swinging
*(to rotate about an off-centre fixed point) pivot, swivel
From the above verb.
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.
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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
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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.
(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)
- The polls showed a wide swing to Labour.
- Take thy swing .
- 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.
* swing of things
To steal or snatch.
* 1968 , , 00:48:18:
- Hey! Who swiped my lunch?
To scan or register by sliding something through a reader.
- "Maybe I could swipe some Tintex from the five-and-dime."
To grab or bat quickly.
- He swiped his card at the door.
- The cat swiped at the shoelace.
(countable) A quick grab, bat, or other motion with the hand or paw; A sweep.
(countable) A strong blow given with a sweeping motion, as with a bat or club.
(countable, informal) A rough guess; an estimate or swag.
(uncountable) Poor, weak beer; small beer.
- Take a swipe at the answer, even if you're not sure.