swing

To swing is to sway back and forth, or to move in a sweeping, curving motion. Wind chimes swing in the breeze, and a softball player swings her bat, aiming for the ball.

A TV hypnotist will swing a shiny object in front of a patient's face and say, "You are getting very sleepy." Kids on a playground will happily swing on swings for hours. And if you hear a sudden scary noise behind you, you might swing around in alarm or even take a swing, or a punch, in its direction. Since 1933, the noun swing has also meant a type of big-band jazz music.

Primary Meanings of swing

1.
vn
change direction with a swinging motion; turn
changing location by moving back and forth
2.
vn
move in a curve or arc, usually with the intent of hitting
a sweeping blow or stroke
3.
v
hang freely
4.
v
influence decisively
5.
vn
live in a lively, modern, and relaxed style
a state of steady vigorous action that is characteristic of an activity
6.
vn
have a certain musical rhythm
a style of jazz played by big bands popular in the 1930s; flowing rhythms but less complex than later styles of jazz
7.
n
a square dance figure; a pair of dancers join hands and dance around a point between them
Full Definitions of swing
1

v change direction with a swinging motion; turn

swing back”
swing forward”
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

v move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner

“He swung back”
Synonyms:
sway
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 alternate dramatically between high and low values

“his mood swings
“the market is swinging up and down”
Types:
fluctuate, vacillate, waver
move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

n changing location by moving back and forth

Synonyms:
swinging, vacillation
Type of:
motion, move, movement
the act of changing location from one place to another

n mechanical device used as a plaything to support someone swinging back and forth

Types:
trapeze
a swing used by circus acrobats
Type of:
mechanical device
mechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principles
plaything, toy
an artifact designed to be played with
2

v move in a curve or arc, usually with the intent of hitting

“He swung his left fist”
swing a bat”
Types:
wind up
give a preliminary swing to the arm pitching
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

v hit or aim at with a sweeping arm movement

“The soccer player began to swing at the referee”
Type of:
aim, direct, take, take aim, train
point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards

v make a big sweeping gesture or movement

Synonyms:
sweep, swing out
Type of:
handle, manage, wield
manage or wield effectively

n a sweeping blow or stroke

“he took a wild swing at my head”
Type of:
blow
a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon

n the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it

Synonyms:
golf shot, golf stroke
Types:
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downswing
a swing downward of a golf club
fade, slice, slicing
a golf shot that curves to the right for a right-handed golfer
draw, hook, hooking
a golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer
drive, driving
hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver
explosion
a golf shot from a bunker that typically moves sand as well as the golf ball
putt, putting
hitting a golf ball that is on the green using a putter
approach, approach shot
a relatively short golf shot intended to put the ball onto the putting green
sclaff
a poor golf stroke in which the club head hits the ground before hitting the ball
shank
a poor golf stroke in which the heel of the club hits the ball
teeoff
the act of hitting a golf ball from the teeing ground at the start of each hole
chip, chip shot
(golf) a low running approach shot
pitch, pitch shot
a high approach shot in golf
Type of:
shot, stroke
(sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand

n in baseball; a batter's attempt to hit a pitched ball

Synonyms:
baseball swing, cut
Type of:
shot, stroke
(sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand
3

v hang freely

Synonyms:
dangle, drop
Types:
droop, loll
hang loosely or laxly
Type of:
hang
be suspended or hanging
4

v influence decisively

“This action swung many votes over to his side”
Synonyms:
swing over
Type of:
act upon, influence, work
have and exert influence or effect
5

v live in a lively, modern, and relaxed style

“The Woodstock generation attempted to swing freely”
Type of:
live
lead a certain kind of life; live in a certain style

v be a social swinger; socialize a lot

Synonyms:
get around
Type of:
socialise, socialize
take part in social activities; interact with others

v engage freely in promiscuous sex, often with the husband or wife of one's friends

“There were many swinging couples in the 1960's”
Type of:
fornicate
have sex without being married

n a state of steady vigorous action that is characteristic of an activity

“the party went with a swing
“it took time to get into the swing of things”
Type of:
action, activeness, activity
the state of being active
6

v have a certain musical rhythm

“The music has to swing
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v play with a subtle and intuitively felt sense of rhythm

Type of:
play
play on an instrument

n a style of jazz played by big bands popular in the 1930s; flowing rhythms but less complex than later styles of jazz

Synonyms:
jive, swing music
Type of:
jazz
a genre of popular music that originated in New Orleans around 1900 and developed through increasingly complex styles

n a jaunty rhythm in music

Synonyms:
lilt
Type of:
rhythmicity
the rhythmic property imparted by the accents and relative durations of notes in a piece of music
7

n a square dance figure; a pair of dancers join hands and dance around a point between them

Type of:
contra danse, contradance, contredanse, country dancing, country-dance
a type of folk dance in which couples are arranged in sets or face one another in a line

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