sway

Back and forth...back and forth...back and forth...are you sea-sick yet? The sway, or rocking motion, of a boat is too much for many stomachs.

People can sway if they're dizzy, tilting from side to side as they walk. On a windy day you can see trees swaying and bending in the wind. Swaying is usually a gentle motion, but if you're easily swayed, you're in trouble. That means you're easily influenced by others. People of power often "hold sway" over their followers, controlling them with the seeming ease of the breeze.

Definitions of sway
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v move back and forth or sideways

“the tall building swayed
Synonyms:
rock, shake
rock
cause to move back and forth
Types:
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roll
move, rock, or sway from side to side
nutate
rock, sway, or nod; usually involuntarily
swag
sway heavily or unsteadily
totter
move without being stable, as if threatening to fall
Type of:
move back and forth
move in one direction and then into the opposite direction

v move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner

Synonyms:
swing
Types:
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waver, weave
sway to and fro
lash
lash or flick about sharply
oscillate, vibrate
move or swing from side to side regularly
brachiate
swing from one hold to the next
hunt
oscillate about a desired speed, position, or state to an undesirable extent
librate
vibrate before coming to a total rest
Type of:
move back and forth
move in one direction and then into the opposite direction

v win approval or support for

“His speech did not sway the voters”
Synonyms:
carry, persuade
carry
win in an election
Type of:
act upon, influence, work
have and exert influence or effect

v cause to move back and forth

“the wind swayed the trees gently”
Synonyms:
rock
rock, shake
move back and forth or sideways
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

n pitching dangerously to one side

Synonyms:
careen, rock, tilt
Type of:
lurch, pitch, pitching
abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance)

n controlling influence

Type of:
power, powerfulness
possession of controlling influence

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