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Definition of Sway


  1. To move or wield with the hand; to swing; to wield; as, to sway the scepter.
  2. To influence or direct by power and authority; by persuasion, or by moral force; to rule; to govern; to guide.
  3. To cause to incline or swing to one side, or backward and forward; to bias; to turn; to bend; warp; as, reeds swayed by wind; judgment swayed by passion.
  4. To hoist; as, to sway up the yards.
  5. To be drawn to one side by weight or influence; to lean; to incline.
  6. To move or swing from side to side; or backward and forward.
  7. To have weight or influence.
  8. To bear sway; to rule; to govern.
  9. The act of swaying; a swaying motion; the swing or sweep of a weapon.
  10. Influence, weight, or authority that inclines to one side; as, the sway of desires.
  11. Preponderance; turn or cast of balance.
  12. Rule; dominion; control.
  13. A switch or rod used by thatchers to bind their work.

Sway Quotations

Trees love to toss and sway; they make such happy noises.
Emily Carr

A rusty nail placed near a faithful compass, will sway it from the truth, and wreck the argosy.
Walter Scott

Don't let the opinions of the average man sway you. Dream, and he thinks you're crazy. Succeed, and he thinks you're lucky. Acquire wealth, and he thinks you're greedy. Pay no attention. He simply doesn't understand.
Robert G. Allen

As in nature, all is ebb and tide, all is wave motion, so it seems that in all branches of industry, alternating currents - electric wave motion - will have the sway.
Nikola Tesla

Thus lynch law held sway in the far West until civilization spread into the Territories and the orderly processes of law took its place. The emergency no longer existing, lynching gradually disappeared from the West.
Ida B. Wells
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Sway Translations

sway in Danish is svinge
sway in Dutch is zwiepen, zwieren, zwaaien, slingeren
sway in French is tituber
sway in Latin is inflecto
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