From Middle English swingen, from Old English swingan, from Proto-Germanic *swinganą (compare Low German swingen, German schwingen 'to brandish', Swedish svinga), from Proto-Indo-European *su̯eng- (compare Scottish Gaelic seang 'thin').
- (intransitive) To rotate about an off-centre fixed point.
- The plant swung in the breeze.
- (intransitive) To dance.
- (intransitive) To ride on a swing.
- The children laughed as they swung.
- (intransitive) To participate in the swinging lifestyle; to participate in wife-swapping.
- (intransitive) To hang from the gallows.
- (intransitive, cricket, of a ball) to move sideways in its trajectory.
- (intransitive) To fluctuate or change.
- It wasn't long before the crowd's mood swung towards restless irritability.
- (transitive) To move (an object) backward and forward; to wave.
- He swung his sword as hard as he could.
- (transitive) To change (a numerical result); especially to change the outcome of an election.
- (transitive) To make (something) work; especially to afford (something) financially.
- If it’s not too expensive, I think we can swing it.
- (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.
- (transitive, cricket) (of a bowler) to make the ball move sideways in its trajectory.
- (transitive and intransitive, boxing) To move one's arm in a punching motion.
- (transitive) In dancing, to turn around in a small circle with one's partner, holding hands or arms.
- "to swing one's partner", or simply "to swing"
- (transitive, engineering) To admit or turn something for the purpose of shaping it; said of a lathe.
- The lathe can swing a pulley of 12 inches diameter.
- (transitive, carpentry) To put (a door, gate, etc.) on hinges so that it can swing or turn.
- (nautical) To turn round by action of wind or tide when at anchor.
- A ship swings with the tide.
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From the above verb.
swing (plural swings)
- The manner in which something is swung.
- He worked tirelessly to improve his golf swing.
- Door swing indicates direction the door opens.
- the swing of a pendulum
- A line, cord, or other thing suspended and hanging loose, upon which anything may swing.
- A hanging seat in a children's playground, for acrobats in a circus, or on a porch for relaxing.
- A dance style.
- (music) The genre of music associated with this dance style.
- The amount of change towards or away from something.
- (cricket) Sideways movement of the ball as it flies through the air.
- The diameter that a lathe can cut.
- In a musical theater production, a performer who understudies several roles.
- A basic dance step in which a pair link hands and turn round together in a circle.
- Capacity of a turning lathe, as determined by the diameter of the largest object that can be turned in it.
- (obsolete) Free course; unrestrained liberty.
- John Dryden
- Take thy swing.
- To prevent anything which may prove an obstacle to the full swing of his genius.
- John Dryden
- 1937 June 11, Judy Garland, “All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm”, A day at the races, Sam Wood (director), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
- All God’s chillun got rhythm. All God's chillun got swing.
- Maybe haven't got money, maybe haven't got shoes.
- All God’s chillun got rhythm for to [sic.] push away their blues.
swing m (invariable)
- swing (music and dance style; golf swing)
swing m (plural swings)