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Definition of Swing


  1. To move to and fro, as a body suspended in the air; to wave; to vibrate; to oscillate.
  2. To sway or move from one side or direction to another; as, the door swung open.
  3. To use a swing; as, a boy swings for exercise or pleasure. See Swing, n., 3.
  4. To turn round by action of wind or tide when at anchor; as, a ship swings with the tide.
  5. To be hanged.
  6. To cause to swing or vibrate; to cause to move backward and forward, or from one side to the other.
  7. To give a circular movement to; to whirl; to brandish; as, to swing a sword; to swing a club; hence, colloquially, to manage; as, to swing a business.
  8. To admit or turn (anything) for the purpose of shaping it; -- said of a lathe; as, the lathe can swing a pulley of 12 inches diameter.
  9. The act of swinging; a waving, oscillating, or vibratory motion of a hanging or pivoted object; oscillation; as, the swing of a pendulum.
  10. Swaying motion from one side or direction to the other; as, some men walk with a swing.
  11. A line, cord, or other thing suspended and hanging loose, upon which anything may swing; especially, an apparatus for recreation by swinging, commonly consisting of a rope, the two ends of which are attached overhead, as to the bough of a tree, a seat being placed in the loop at the bottom; also, any contrivance by which a similar motion is produced for amusement or exercise.
  12. Influence of power of a body put in swaying motion.
  13. Capacity of a turning lathe, as determined by the diameter of the largest object that can be turned in it.
  14. Free course; unrestrained liberty or license; tendency.
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Swing Translations

swing in Afrikaans is swaai
swing in Danish is svinge
swing in Dutch is balanceren, doen schommelen
swing in Finnish is keinuttaa, heiluttaa
swing in French is balancer, vanner, brandir, pivotent, pivotons
swing in German is sich frei bewegen, sich drehen, Anschlag, Hub
swing in Italian is altalena, brandire
swing in Spanish is columrio, tremolar, balancearse