• WordNet 3.6
    • v swing alternate dramatically between high and low values "his mood swings","the market is swinging up and down"
    • v swing hit or aim at with a sweeping arm movement "The soccer player began to swing at the referee"
    • v swing engage freely in promiscuous sex, often with the husband or wife of one's friends "There were many swinging couples in the 1960's"
    • v swing make a big sweeping gesture or movement
    • v swing play with a subtle and intuitively felt sense of rhythm
    • v swing move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner "He swung back"
    • v swing change direction with a swinging motion; turn "swing back","swing forward"
    • v swing move in a curve or arc, usually with the intent of hitting "He swung his left fist","swing a bat"
    • v swing be a social swinger; socialize a lot
    • v swing influence decisively "This action swung many votes over to his side"
    • v swing live in a lively, modern, and relaxed style "The Woodstock generation attempted to swing freely"
    • v swing hang freely "the ornaments dangled from the tree","The light dropped from the ceiling"
    • v swing have a certain musical rhythm "The music has to swing"
    • n swing changing location by moving back and forth
    • n swing a square dance figure; a pair of dancers join hands and dance around a point between them
    • n swing in baseball; a batter's attempt to hit a pitched ball "he took a vicious cut at the ball"
    • n swing the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it
    • n swing a sweeping blow or stroke "he took a wild swing at my head"
    • n swing mechanical device used as a plaything to support someone swinging back and forth
    • n swing a jaunty rhythm in music
    • n swing a style of jazz played by big bands popular in the 1930s; flowing rhythms but less complex than later styles of jazz
    • n swing a state of steady vigorous action that is characteristic of an activity "the party went with a swing","it took time to get into the swing of things"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"I want to swing out and be romantic and sail round with you in a gondola." "I want to swing out and be romantic and sail round with you in a gondola."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: People of Ancient China believed that swinging your arms could cure a headache
    • Swing 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.
    • Swing Capacity of a turning lathe, as determined by the diameter of the largest object that can be turned in it.
    • Swing Free course; unrestrained liberty or license; tendency. "Take thy swing .""To prevent anything which may prove an obstacle to the full swing of his genius."
    • Swing Influence of power of a body put in swaying motion. "The ram that batters down the wall,
      For the great swing and rudeness of his poise,
      They place before his hand that made the engine."
    • Swing Swaying motion from one side or direction to the other; as, some men walk with a swing .
    • Swing The act of swinging; a waving, oscillating, or vibratory motion of a hanging or pivoted object; oscillation; as, the swing of a pendulum.
    • Swing (Mach) 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.
    • Swing To be hanged. "He had swung round the circle of theories and systems in which his age abounded, without finding relief."
    • Swing To cause to swing or vibrate; to cause to move backward and forward, or from one side to the other. "He swings his tail, and swiftly turns his round.""They get on ropes, as you must have seen the children, and are swung by their men visitants."
    • Swing 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.
    • Swing To move to and fro, as a body suspended in the air; to wave; to vibrate; to oscillate. "I tried if a pendulum would swing faster, or continue swinging longer, in case of exsuction of the air."
    • Swing To sway or move from one side or direction to another; as, the door swung open.
    • Swing (Naut) To turn round by action of wind or tide when at anchor; as, a ship swings with the tide.
    • Swing To use a swing; as, a boy swings for exercise or pleasure. See Swing n., 3.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: New York City's nickname the "Big Apple" is named after an early swing-dance that originated in a South Carolina club (which used to be a church) called "The Big Apple."
    • swing To move to and fro, as a body suspended from a fixed point or line of support; vibrate; oscillate.
    • swing To move or oscillate in any plane about a fixed point or line of support: often with round: as, a gate swings on its hinges; the boom of a vessel swings round.
    • swing To move with a free swaying motion, as soldiers on the march; sometimes, to move with a bouncing motion. See swinging, participial adjective
    • swing To move backward and forward on a suspended rope or on a seat suspended by ropes; ride in a swing.
    • swing Nautical, to move or float round with the wind or tide, as a ship riding at a single anchor.
    • swing To be hanged; be suspended by the neck till dead.
    • swing To cause to sway or oscillate; cause to vibrate, as a body suspended in the air; cause to move backward and forward below or about a fixed point or line of support.
    • swing To support and move in some way resembling or suggesting the movement of a suspended body, as a pendulum; move freely through the air: used of a great variety of acts: as, to swing one's arms in walking; to swing a club about one's head; to swing a stone with a crane.
    • swing Hence, to manage; control: as, to swing a large business.
    • swing To move as if by swinging about an axis or fixed point; cause to move in a way resembling in some degree the motion of a spoke of a wheel.
    • swing To suspend so as to hang freely between points of support; suspend freely.
    • swing To pack, as herrings, in casks or barrels.
    • n swing The act of swinging; an oscillation or vibration; the sweep of a body moving in suspension from or about a fixed support: used with much latitude and often figuratively.
    • n swing A free or swinging movement or gait: often used figuratively.
    • n swing A line or cord, suspended and hanging loose, on which something may swing or oscillate; especially, a seat slung by a rope or ropes, the ends of which are fastened to points of support at the same distance above the ground, between which the seat hangs freely, used in the sport of swinging backward and forward. Swings are also made in which strips of wood take the place of the rope.
    • n swing Free course; abandonment to any motive; one's own way; unrestrained liberty or license.
    • n swing Unrestrained tendency; natural bent: as, the swing of propensities.
    • n swing In a lathe, the distance between the head-center and the bed or ways of the machine, this distance limiting the diameter of the work placed in the lathe: hence a lathe may be described as having a 6-inch swing, an 18-inch swing, etc. In order to increase the swing, a gap or depression is sometimes made in the bed of a lathe, when the machine is called a gap-bed lathe. See lathe.
    • n swing In a carriage-wheel, the apparent cant or leaning outward of the upper half of the wheel; the dish or dishing of the wheel. See dish, v. t., 2.
    • n swing The rope or chain reaching forward from the end of the tongue of a wagon along which a team in front of the wheelers is hitched by a swingletree. This team is said to be in the swing.
    • n swing The team so harnessed; in a six-horse or six-mule team, the pair of animals between the wheelers and the leaders; also, the position of this pair of animals, or their relation to the rest of the team.
    • n swing In photography: A swing-back.
    • n swing The motion or function of a swing-back, including the single swing and the double swing. The single swing provides for a change of the vertical angle of the sensitive plate; the double swing, in addition to the motion of the single swing, admits of a change in the horizontal angle. See swing-back.
    • n swing With eager haste; with violence and impetuosity: an elliptical quasi-adverbial use.
    • swing In cricket, to curve in the air: said of a ball.
    • swing To be able to receive and operate upon, as a lathe or other tool in which the work must revolve without striking any part of the frame.
    • swing To be able to lift and transport, as a crane.
    • swing To cause (a bowled ball) to curve in the air.
    • n swing In golf, the manner in which the club is swung in the act of striking the ball.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: You blink every 2-10 seconds. As you focus on each word in this sentence, your eyes swing back and forth 100 times a second, and every second; the retina performs 10 billion computer-like calculations.
    • v.i Swing swing to sway or wave to and fro, as a body hanging in air: to move forward with swaying gait: to vibrate: to practise swinging: to turn round at anchor: to be hanged
    • v.t Swing to move to and fro: to cause to wave or vibrate: to whirl, to brandish: to cause to wheel or turn as about some point: to fix up anything so as to hang freely:—pa.t. and pa.p. swung
    • n Swing the act of swinging: motion to and fro: a waving motion: anything suspended for swinging in: the sweep or compass of a swinging body: the sweep of a golf-club when driving: influence or power of anything put in motion: free course, unrestrained liberty
    • adj Swing having a free easy motion
    • adj Swing swinging, drawling
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  • Eric Hoffer
    “Action is at bottom a swinging and flailing of the arms to regain one's balance and keep afloat.”
  • Ren Mulford Jr.
    Ren Mulford Jr.
    “It takes more than capital to swing business. You've got to have the A. I. D. degree to get by -- Advertising, Initiative, and Dynamics.”
  • Bill Vaughan
    Bill Vaughan
    “A three year old child is a being who gets almost as much fun out of a fifty-six dollar set of swings as it does out of finding a small green worm.”
  • Duke Snider
    Duke Snider
    “Swing hard, in case they throw the ball where you're swinging.”
  • Davis III Love
    Davis III Love
    “I used to get out there and have a thousand swing thoughts. Now I try not to have any.”
  • Jesse Jackson
    “When the doors of opportunity swing open, we must make sure that we are not too drunk or too indifferent to walk through.”


Full swing - If a something is in full swing, it is going or doing well.
Go down swinging - If you want to go down swinging, you know you will probably fail, but you refuse to give up.
In full swing - If things are in full swing, they have been going for a sufficient period of time to be going well and very actively.
In the swing - If things are in the swing, they are progressing well.
Not enough room to swing a cat - If a room is very small, you can say that there isn't enough room to swing a cat in it.
Swing the lead - If you swing the lead, you pretend to be ill or do not do your share of the work.
Swinging door - This idiom refers to something or someone that can go in two conflicting or opposite directions.
Swings and roundabouts - If something's swings and roundabouts, it has about as many disadvantages as it has advantages.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. swingen, AS. swingan, to scourge, to fly, to flutter; akin to G. schwingen, to winnow, to swingle, oscillate, sich schwingen, to leap, to soar, OHG. swingan, to throw, to scourge, to soar, Sw. svinga, to swing, to whirl, Dan. svinge,. Cf. Swagger Sway Swinge Swink


In literature:

Don't it swing off long and steady?
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Won't you come out, and I'll swing you?
"A Modern Tomboy" by L. T. Meade
In a frenzy of impatience, he stood beside the door, waiting till someone else should swing it open.
"The Radiant Shell" by Paul Ernst
Ethan was swinging that shining hatchet wickedly back and forth.
"Phil Bradley's Mountain Boys" by Silas K. Boone
She's in full swing and the bridle's off.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
Her stern still swings free," cried Arthur, "the next swell will lift her clear.
"The Island Home" by Richard Archer
All these things are perpetually on the swing.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
Though Johnnie was at that very moment in the swing he never once looked at Snowball as he roamed mournfully about.
"The Tale of Snowball Lamb" by Arthur Bailey
As he talked, he kept wishing that the conversation would swing round to scouts and uniforms.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
He began to swing himself, and at last was able to throw a foot over a stay.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
Braun came back, fists swinging.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
Pointing his light upward, he could faintly see the knotted end of his rope swinging back and forth up there against the precipice.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
Would I might swing this fat Secretary from a topsail yard!
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
It did seem like a regular swing.
"The Curlytops on Star Island" by Howard R. Garis
They passed the swing at the upper end of the booms.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
Off you go through the village with swinging arms.
"Chimney-Pot Papers" by Charles S. Brooks
A rope to the swinging-boom of the lower studding-sail.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
I'll get a good momentum, swinging back and forth.
"Joe Strong on the Trapeze" by Vance Barnum
He let go enough line to let the boat swing, and went in to breakfast.
"The River Prophet" by Raymond S. Spears
Swinging from one hand was a rifle.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine

In poetry:

Oh, the sea is black and crying,
And the wind cries too,
And a swinging clipper's flying
For a singing crew.
"To The Lubber Poets" by Bill Adams
What says the Lizard,
Swinging high his shining spear? . . .
"Pass along, my lady,
I've known, ye many a year!"
"The Cutty Comes Back [1924]" by Cicely Fox Smith
A little bit of garden,
with daffodils a-swing,
and tulip-flowers whose crimson flags
are only flown for spring.
"A Little Bit Of Garden" by William Henry Ogilvie
And over moss and moorland,
They swoop and wheel and sing,
Till the very ferns beside me
Begin to quiver and swing.
"A Whiff Of Nature" by Alexander Anderson
Swings the way still by hollow and hill,
And all the world's a song;
"She's far," it sings me, "but fair," it rings me,
"Quiet," it laughs, "and strong!"
"Lines Written In The Belief That The Ancient Roman Festival Of The Dead Was Called Ambarvalia" by Rupert Brooke
THE highest apple swinging in the treetop
Fell in my two hands, eagerly uplifted.
For though I knew its height was half its fairness,
Still I would have it.
"To Sappho, About Her Apple" by Aline Murray Kilmer

In news:

Two-Step, Waltz, East Coast Swing, Cha-Cha, Polka and West Coast Swing.
Oct 1, 2012 — The trio made its name by combining Gypsy jazz and Western swing.
On my desk sits a black-and-white photo of me at age 6, wearing a blue-and-white cowgirl outfit and swinging an imaginary rope.
The Chief KSA1023 CPU wall mount helps hide CPUs when using swing arm mounts in videoconferencing, hospitality, education, and medical applications.
WASHINGTON (AP) — One day out from their last debate, Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are cramming foreign policy and taking a rare break from swing-state campaigning.
WASHINGTON (AP) — One day out from their last debate, Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are cramming on foreign policy and taking a rare break from swing-state campaigning.
One day out from their last debate, Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are cramming on foreign policy and taking a rare break from swing-state campaigning.
One day out from their last debate, Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are cramming foreign policy and taking a rare break from swing-state campaigning.
The battle for swing state Ohio was in full swing Wednesday.
Romney makes play for Pa. Obama visits swing states.
Croquet has become a hit at Historic Smithville Park in Eastampton this summer, and there is one more chance to get in on the swing of things.
The holiday season is in full swing.
BRUSSELS (AP) — This time, Belgium's royal family came out swinging.
The Dang -Its have become synonymous with excellence in Honky Tonk, Western swing and American music.
Dayan Viciedo would swing at anything a pitcher threw to home plate.

In science:

These sudden swings, which do not seem to affect the wider component of the |V | profile occur together with OPM jumps in the PA swing.
Radio Pulsars
This is also a good example of a V swing without a |V | minimum at the cross-over point, as is the case in the core components.
Radio Pulsars
We consider this direct evidence that the phase where the mean V is 0, must have V ≈0 also in the single pulses and, subsequently, that the swing signature is also constant in the single pulses.
Radio Pulsars
Even before the Jupiter swing-by, an unmodelled acceleration of that order had been noticed for Pioneer 10.
Testing for the Pioneer anomaly on a Pluto exploration mission
When the main engines of POP are thrusting and during the swing-by the craft will be three-axis stabilised in order improve pointing accuracy.
Testing for the Pioneer anomaly on a Pluto exploration mission
There are several mechanisms that could be responsible for the triggering of spiral density waves, e.g., swing amplification or tidal forcing.
West-Side Story (On the History of Density-Wave Spiral Theories in the 1960s)
Slow swing of frequency results in a lineshape with many sidebands by the periodicity involved.
Analysis on the effect of technical fluctuations on laser lineshape
One pendulum is set at a small distance from the equilibrium point and begins to swing.
Test problems in mechanics and special relativity
Doppler swing due to our orbit around the sun, and there is not.
Astrophysics in 2005
QCD ) can cause the condensate to “swing” from positive to negati ve values as m is varied.
Rooted staggered fermions: good, bad or ugly?
Second, the lower swing of the output node due to the breakdown slows down the downstream logic driven by the defective gate.
Circuit-Level Modeling for Concurrent Testing of Operational Defects due to Gate Oxide Breakdown
One might think that the departure from (11) arises because this particular state of the string has a large rotation; by choosing the string to swing in a helical fashion we gave the state its maximal possible angular momentum.
Fuzzballs and the information paradox: a summary and conjectures
By connecting the load resistor RL across a transimpedance amplifier as shown in Figure 7.9, the photodiode works into a virtual ground, reducing the voltage swing across the diode capacitance Cd and increasing the detection bandwidth.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
It was shortly after, when Swings & Rosenfeld (1937) identified the spectral feature observed by Dunham (1937) at λ = 4300.3 ˚A as due to the CH molecule.
Observing the molecular composition of galaxies
Because of the large flux swing below 10 keV, where most of the instrument response was, this led to the identification of a “high” state (with soft spectrum and no radio detection) and a “low” state (with hard spectrum and associated radio source).
States and transitions in black-hole binaries