Definition of Swing

1. Noun. A state of steady vigorous action that is characteristic of an activity. "It took time to get into the swing of things"

Generic synonyms: Action, Activeness, Activity



2. Verb. Move in a curve or arc, usually with the intent of hitting. "The girls swing the wooden sticks"; "Swing a bat"
Generic synonyms: Displace, Move
Specialized synonyms: Wind Up
Derivative terms: Swinger

3. Noun. Mechanical device used as a plaything to support someone swinging back and forth.
Generic synonyms: Mechanical Device, Plaything, Toy
Group relationships: Playground
Specialized synonyms: Trapeze

4. Verb. Move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner. "The wooden sticks swing "; "He swung back"
Exact synonyms: Sway
Specialized synonyms: Waver, Weave, Lash, Oscillate, Vibrate, Brachiate
Generic synonyms: Move Back And Forth
Derivative terms: Sway, Swinger

5. Noun. A sweeping blow or stroke. "He took a wild swing at my head"
Generic synonyms: Blow

6. Verb. Change direction with a swinging motion; turn. "Swing forward"
Generic synonyms: Go, Locomote, Move, Travel

7. Noun. Changing location by moving back and forth.
Exact synonyms: Swinging, Vacillation
Generic synonyms: Motion, Move, Movement
Derivative terms: Vacillate

8. Verb. Influence decisively. "This action swung many votes over to his side"
Exact synonyms: Swing Over
Generic synonyms: Act Upon, Influence, Work

9. Noun. A style of jazz played by big bands popular in the 1930s; flowing rhythms but less complex than later styles of jazz.
Exact synonyms: Jive, Swing Music
Generic synonyms: Jazz
Derivative terms: Jive, Swingy

10. Verb. Make a big sweeping gesture or movement.
Exact synonyms: Sweep, Swing Out
Generic synonyms: Handle, Manage, Wield
Derivative terms: Sweep

11. Noun. A jaunty rhythm in music.
Exact synonyms: Lilt
Generic synonyms: Rhythmicity
Derivative terms: Lilt, Swingy

12. Verb. Hang freely. "The lights swing from the ceiling"; "The light dropped from the ceiling"
Exact synonyms: Dangle, Drop
Generic synonyms: Hang
Specialized synonyms: Droop, Loll
Derivative terms: Swinging

13. Noun. The act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it.

14. Verb. Hit or aim at with a sweeping arm movement. "The soccer player began to swing at the referee"
Generic synonyms: Aim, Direct, Take, Take Aim, Train

15. Noun. In baseball; a batter's attempt to hit a pitched ball. "He took a vicious cut at the ball"
Exact synonyms: Baseball Swing, Cut
Generic synonyms: Shot, Stroke

16. Verb. Alternate dramatically between high and low values. "The market is swinging up and down"
Generic synonyms: Change
Specialized synonyms: Fluctuate, Vacillate, Waver

17. Noun. A square dance figure; a pair of dancers join hands and dance around a point between them.

18. Verb. Live in a lively, modern, and relaxed style. "The Woodstock generation attempted to swing freely"
Generic synonyms: Live

19. Verb. Have a certain musical rhythm. "The music has to swing"
Generic synonyms: Be

20. Verb. Be a social swinger; socialize a lot.
Exact synonyms: Get Around
Generic synonyms: Socialise, Socialize

21. Verb. Play with a subtle and intuitively felt sense of rhythm.
Category relationships: Music
Generic synonyms: Play

22. Verb. Engage freely in promiscuous sex, often with the husband or wife of one's friends. "There were many swinging couples in the 1960's"
Generic synonyms: Fornicate
Derivative terms: Swinger

Definition of Swing

1. v. i. To move to and fro, as a body suspended in the air; to wave; to vibrate; to oscillate.

2. v. t. To cause to swing or vibrate; to cause to move backward and forward, or from one side to the other.

3. n. The act of swinging; a waving, oscillating, or vibratory motion of a hanging or pivoted object; oscillation; as, the swing of a pendulum.

Definition of Swing

1. Noun. The manner in which something is swung. ¹

2. Noun. A hanging seat in a children's playground, for acrobats in a circus, or on a porch for relaxing. ¹

3. Noun. A dance style. ¹

4. Noun. (music) The genre of music associated with this dance style. ¹

5. Noun. The amount of change towards or away from something. ¹

6. Noun. (cricket) Sideways movement of the ball as it flies through the air. ¹

7. Noun. The diameter that a lathe can cut. ¹

8. Noun. In a musical theater production, a performer who understudies several roles. ¹

9. Noun. A basic dance step in which a pair link hands and turn round together in a circle. ¹

10. Verb. (intransitive) To move backward and forward, especially rotating about or hanging from a fixed point. ¹

11. Verb. (intransitive) To dance. ¹

12. Verb. (intransitive) To ride on a swing. ¹

13. Verb. (intransitive) To participate in the swinging lifestyle; to participate in wife-swapping. ¹

14. Verb. (intransitive) To hang from the gallows. ¹

15. Verb. (intransitive cricket of a ball) to move sideways in its trajectory. ¹

16. Verb. (intransitive) To fluctuate or change. ¹

17. Verb. (transitive) To move (an object) backward and forward; to wave. ¹

18. Verb. (transitive) To change (a numerical result); especially to change the outcome of an election. ¹

19. Verb. (transitive) To make (something) work; especially to afford (something) financially. ¹

20. Verb. (transitive 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. ¹

21. Verb. (transitive cricket) (qualifier of a bowler) to make the ball move sideways in its trajectory. ¹

22. Verb. (transitive and intransitive boxing) To move one's arm in a punching motion. ¹

23. Verb. (transitive) In dancing, when you turn around in a small circle with your partner, holding hands or arms. You can say "swing your partner", or just "swing". ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Swing

1. to move freely back and forth [v SWUNG or SWANG, SWINGING, SWINGS]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Swing

swineherder
swineherders
swineherds
swinelike
swinepipe
swinepipes
swinepox
swinepoxes
swineries
swinery
swines
swinesties
swinestone
swinestones
swinesty
swing (current term)
swing about
swing around
swing by
swing dog
swing door
swing for the fences
swing loan
swing music
swing of things
swing out
swing over
swing riot
swing riots
swing shift

Literary usage of Swing

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Library of Southern Literature by Edwin Anderson Alderman, Joel Chandler Harris, Charles William Kent (1909)
"swinging in the grapevine swing, Laughing where the wild birds sing, I dream and sigh For the days gone by swinging in the grapevine swing. ..."

2. Gymnastic Teaching by William Skarstrom (1921)
"Jump, start swing, dismount on next forward swing with quarter left and right ... Hang with reverse grasp, start swing, dismount on first backward swing. ..."

3. Gymnastic Teaching by William Skarstrom (1921)
"Start swing; left knee upstart, outside hand, to riding rest: half left circle right leg to ... Hang, hook left knee between hands, swing up to riding rest; ..."

4. A Library of American Literature from the Earliest Settlement to the Present by Arthur Stedman, Edmund Clarence Stedman (1894)
"OH, de good ole chariot swing so low, I don't want to leave me behind. O swing low, sweet chariot, swing low, sweet chariot, I don't want to leave me behind ..."

5. A Library of American Literature from the Earliest Settlement to the Present by Edmund Clarence Stedman, Ellen Mackay Hutchinson (1889)
"O swing low, sweet chariot. swing low, sweet chariot, I don't want to leave me behind. Oh, de good ole chariot will take us all home, I don't want to leave ..."

6. An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1893)
"The nasalised form of the base is SWANG, to swing ; see swing. And see Swell, § 7. Der. so/ay, sb., Jul. Ca.»sar, i. 3. 3, ME ¡weigh, Chaucer, CT 4716. ..."

7. Library of Southern Literature by Edwin Anderson Alderman, Joel Chandler Harris, Charles William Kent (1909)
"swinging in the grapevine swing, Laughing where the wild birds sing, I dream and sigh For the days gone by swinging in the grapevine swing. ..."

8. Gymnastic Teaching by William Skarstrom (1921)
"Jump, start swing, dismount on next forward swing with quarter left and right ... Hang with reverse grasp, start swing, dismount on first backward swing. ..."

9. Gymnastic Teaching by William Skarstrom (1921)
"Start swing; left knee upstart, outside hand, to riding rest: half left circle right leg to ... Hang, hook left knee between hands, swing up to riding rest; ..."

10. A Library of American Literature from the Earliest Settlement to the Present by Arthur Stedman, Edmund Clarence Stedman (1894)
"OH, de good ole chariot swing so low, I don't want to leave me behind. O swing low, sweet chariot, swing low, sweet chariot, I don't want to leave me behind ..."

11. A Library of American Literature from the Earliest Settlement to the Present by Edmund Clarence Stedman, Ellen Mackay Hutchinson (1889)
"O swing low, sweet chariot. swing low, sweet chariot, I don't want to leave me behind. Oh, de good ole chariot will take us all home, I don't want to leave ..."

12. An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1893)
"The nasalised form of the base is SWANG, to swing ; see swing. And see Swell, § 7. Der. so/ay, sb., Jul. Ca.»sar, i. 3. 3, ME ¡weigh, Chaucer, CT 4716. ..."

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