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
  1. verb
    move back and forth or sideways
    “the tall building swayed
    synonyms: rock, shake
    rock
    cause to move back and forth
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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
  2. verb
    move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner
    synonyms: swing
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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
  3. verb
    win approval or support for
    “His speech did not sway the voters”
    synonyms: carry, persuade
    carry
    win in an election
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    act upon, influence, work
    have and exert influence or effect
  4. verb
    cause to move back and forth
    “the wind swayed the trees gently”
    synonyms: rock
    rock, shake
    move back and forth or sideways
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  5. noun
    pitching dangerously to one side
    synonyms: careen, rock, tilt
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    lurch, pitch, pitching
    abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance)
  6. noun
    controlling influence
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    power, powerfulness
    possession of controlling influence
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