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Definition of "swing" []

  • To move back and forth suspended or as if suspended from above. (verb-intransitive)
  • To hit at something with a sweeping motion of the arm: swung at the ball. (verb-intransitive)
  • To move laterally or in a curve: The car swung over to the curb. (verb-intransitive)
  • To turn in place on or as if on a hinge or pivot. (verb-intransitive)
  • To move along with an easy, swaying gait: swinging down the road. (verb-intransitive)
  • To move or cause to move rhythmically to and fro, as a free-hanging object; sway (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To move, walk, etc, with a relaxed and swaying motion (verb)
  • To pivot or cause to pivot, as on a hinge (verb)
  • To move or cause to move in a curve (verb)
  • To move or cause to move by suspending or being suspended (verb)
  • To hang or be hung so as to be able to turn freely (verb)
  • To be hanged (verb)
  • To alter or cause to alter habits, a course, etc (verb)
  • To influence or manipulate successfully (verb)
  • To raise or hoist, esp in a sweeping motion (verb)
  • To hit out or strike (at), esp with a sweeping motion (verb)
  • To wave (a weapon, etc) in a sweeping motion; flourish (verb)
  • To arrange or play (music) with the rhythmically flexible and compulsive quality associated with jazz (verb)
  • (of popular music, esp jazz, or of the musicians who play it) to have this quality (verb)
  • To be lively and modern (verb)
  • To swap sexual partners in a group, esp habitually (verb)
  • To bowl (a ball) with swing or (of a ball) to move with a swing (verb)
  • To turn (a ship or aircraft) in order to test compass error (verb)
  • The act or manner of swinging or the distance covered while swinging (noun)
  • A sweeping stroke or blow (noun)
  • A wide punch from the side similar to but longer than a hook (noun)
  • The lateral movement of a bowled ball through the air (noun)
  • Any free-swaying motion (noun)
  • Any curving movement; sweep (noun)
  • Something that swings or is swung, esp a suspended seat on which a person may sit and swing back and forth (noun)
  • A kind of popular dance music influenced by jazz, usually played by big bands and originating in the 1930s (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • A steady distinct rhythm or cadence in prose or verse (noun)
  • The normal round or pace (noun)
  • A fluctuation, as in some business activity, voting pattern, etc (noun)
  • Able to bring about a swing in a voting pattern (noun)
  • Having a mixed voting history, and thus becoming a target for political election campaigners (noun)
  • Free scope; freedom of activity (noun)
  • A circular tour (noun)
  • A tour of a particular area or region (noun)
  • (in the North) a train of freight sleighs or canoes (noun)

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Use "swing" in a sentence
  • "If your swing is the right to bear arms, or the woman's right to choose, do you think that the right to bear arms or Roe vs. Wade will really be repealed."
  • "Someone else pointed out that these national polls say very little about how a general election will turn out, particularly in the states we term swing states."
  • "As long as my swing is there, I know I'm going to get a hit somehow."