• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Swaying An injury caused by violent strains or by overloading; -- said of the backs of horses.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Tacoma Narrows Bridge which was located in Washington was nicknamed "Galloping Gertie" because of the unusual way it twisted and swayed with even with the slightest winds when people would drive on it. The bridge collapsed on November 7, 1940, fortunately no humans died, except for a dog
    • n swaying An act denoted by the verb ‘sway’: speeifically, same as swayback.
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  • Sir Walter Scott
    “A rusty nail placed near a faithful compass, will sway it from the truth, and wreck the argosy.”
  • Rupert Brooke
    Rupert Brooke
    “Infinite hungers leap no more I in the chance swaying of your dress; and love has changed to kindliness.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Don't be swayed just because they say it's public opinion. Remember, public opinion is simple what everybody else thinks.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway, and fools, who came to scoff, remained to pray.”


In literature:

Even the sway of the Mussulman was preferable to that of the bigoted Rhodolph.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
His lips twitched and he swayed.
"The Master Mystery" by Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
The cowboy, swaying easily, turned and looked down upon the dog.
"Sundown Slim" by Henry Hubert Knibbs
What if he flung away his ideas and principles and let the moment sway him as it would, just for once?
"The Witness" by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
A child might sway him, either for good or ill.
"Elster's Folly" by Mrs. Henry Wood
The soldiers were swaying restlessly.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
She put her hands on her hips and swayed back and forth as she talked.
"Lucia Rudini" by Martha Trent
The group swayed, reeled, turning upon itself with the motion of a scrimmage, in a haze of tobacco smoke.
"The Nigger Of The "Narcissus" A Tale Of The Forecastle" by Joseph Conrad
The toils and tumults of our earthly scene Subside, and melt into thy sway serene.
"Gustavus Vasa" by W. S. Walker
For the moment it seemed as if a thousand emotions swayed me.
"Prisoners of Chance" by Randall Parrish
It seemed to him that she was swaying as a rose sways in a gale, yet anchored always to the earth in perfect self-possession.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
She swayed towards him timidly.
"The Hill of Venus" by Nathan Gallizier
Clare swung herself on to the low table and sat, skirts a-sway, gazing down at Alwynne's head, bent over its grotesques.
"Regiment of Women" by Clemence Dane
Then the black swayed like a curtain.
"The Angel" by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
The barque was running with her yards square and the trucks swayed slightly across the stars.
"The Viking Blood" by Frederick William Wallace
He followed the swaying man as he walked toward the lighted part of the room.
"Anthony Trent, Master Criminal" by Wyndham Martyn
Sway away on the girt-lines.
"The Seaman's Friend" by Richard Henry Dana
Delesof gazed into Albert's eyes, and suddenly felt himself once under the sway of that smile.
"A Russian Proprietor" by Lyof N. Tolstoi
Her instinct, however, did not hold her in sole sway.
"The Walking Delegate" by Leroy Scott
Jack involuntarily glanced upward, although it was too dark to see the antennae swaying far aloft between the masts.
"The Ocean Wireless Boys and the Lost Liner" by Wilbur Lawton

In poetry:

Sometimes to all their sway
We yield ourselves half fearing,
Sometimes with hearts grown grey
We curse ourselves for hearing.
"Song" by Archibald Lampman
They little know what dreams have been
My playmates, night and day;
Of equal kindness, helpful care,
A mother's perfect sway.
"The Ugly Princess" by Charles Kingsley
And the dewy vine that climbs
To my lady's lattice sways,
And behind the vine there come to shine
Two pleasant eyes and gaze.
"In An Old Garden" by Madison Julius Cawein
"I labor for a wicked man
Who holds o'er all my being sway,--
Who keeps me harnessed night and day.
Since work I first began.
"A Fellow Slave" by Morris Rosenfeld
Beyond the bourns of time and sleep,
Beyond the sway of tides,
A voyager o'er death's darksome deep,
His ship at anchor rides.
"Dirge For A Sailor" by Clinton Scollard
There is a crime upon this land,
That works both night and day,
It gives its wicked, dark command,
The hearts of men it sways.
"Strong Drink" by Frank Barbour Coffin

In news:

Mandel says he won't be swayed by fact-checks.
Convention speeches can be rousing, but what will really sway voters in November is the state of the economy.
As in recent years, US imports held sway.
Region Iraqi, Syrian Developments Threaten Iran's Geopolitical Sway.
It wasn't just the Joe Johnson trade that swayed Deron Williams to pick the Nets over the Mavericks this offseason.
Voters should not be swayed by timing.
Knoxnews.com poll: Debate didn't alter support of most, but Romney - by far- swayed more opinions.
This news doesn't sway Jenkins.
In Ohio, presidential election won't be swayed by wedge issues.
Most Americans call gay relationships "moral" and are not swayed by Obama's same-sex marriage support.
Heineman Says Nebraska Swayed State Dept.
Too smart to be swayed .
Protesters seek to sway Congress, overhaul policy.
Well, Invictus, your thoughtful and balanced commentary regarding unions has finally swayed me.
For those who haven't followed news about the much- anticipated restaurant, Sway was originally supposed to open this past summer.

In science:

Bohr’s idea that the nucleus is a complex, strongly interacting system was adopted by the community and held sway until the discovery of the nuclear shell model in 1949.
Random Matrices and Chaos in Nuclear Physics
The main new feature of our complex (45) is that it works also for multicomponent boundary, which is due to introducing new quantities — boundary component sways.
A simple topological quantum field theory for manifolds with triangulated boundary
The “inner” case is obvious, while in the “boundary” case it remains to note that all vertices i, j, 1, r lie in the boundary, so neither changes of inner zk nor action of PSL(2, C) due to boundary sways can affect the (rightmost) cross-ratio (22).
A simple topological quantum field theory for manifolds with triangulated boundary
For minor g1 , we choose again the three basis vectors in space (dt∗ ) corresponding to the sways of the first boundary component.
A simple topological quantum field theory for manifolds with triangulated boundary
Similarly, we denote dsΓ1 and dsΓ2 two copies of sways of surface Γ in the second nonzero term from the left in (56).
A simple topological quantum field theory for manifolds with triangulated boundary
Random walk in quiet standing That there is a random component in the swaying during quiet standing seems to be well established (Collins & De Luca 1994; Duarte & Zatsiorsky 2000), but to what extent this randomness is due to deterministic chaos or some stochastic influence is not settled.
Review of Nonlinear Methods and Modelling
Thus, qualitatively the inertia and the boundedness seem to imply the persistence and antipersistence regimes of the swaying.
Review of Nonlinear Methods and Modelling
It is simple to extend the Eq (2.1.3-2) with a stochastic term so as to get the random walk signature of the swaying. A somewhat more detailed model (still based on the inverted pendulum) has been presented by Peterka (2000) in terms of PID-control systems known from engineering (see e.g.
Review of Nonlinear Methods and Modelling
The factor of 1000 on the RHS determines the amplitude of the sways, whereas the integration on the RHS acts as a lowpass filter with a characteristic frequency 1/τf.
Review of Nonlinear Methods and Modelling
Eurich C W and Milton J G: "Noise-induced transitions in human postural sway".
Review of Nonlinear Methods and Modelling
Jeong B Y: "Contour representation of sway area in posturography and its application".
Review of Nonlinear Methods and Modelling
Karlsson A and Lanshammar H: "Analysis of postural sway strategies using an inverted pendulum model and force plate data".
Review of Nonlinear Methods and Modelling
Other high-resolution observations (0.1′′ ) revealed the rapid evolution of faculae, including merging, splitting, rapid motion, apparent fluting, and possible swaying (De Pontieu et al. 2006).
Astrophysics in 2006
Intuitively, the variation is a measure of the ability of a set of variables to sway a function’s output.
Efficiently Testing Sparse GF(2) Polynomials
This noise resulted in a reduction of postural sway in both groups, with a larger improvement in the elderly.
The Emergence of Modularity in Biological Systems