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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.
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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