Sway v. t. [imp. & p. p. Swayed p. pr. & vb. n. Swaying.]
1. To move or wield with the hand; to swing; to wield; as, to sway the scepter.
As sparkles from the anvil rise,
When heavy hammers on the wedge are swayed. --Spenser.
2. To influence or direct by power and authority; by persuasion, or by moral force; to rule; to govern; to guide.
The will of man is by his reason swayed. --Shak.
She could not sway her house. --Shak.
This was the race
To sway the world, and land and sea subdue. --Dryden.
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.
As bowls run true by being made
On purpose false, and to be swayed. --Hudibras.
Let not temporal and little advantages sway you against a more durable interest. --Tillotson.
4. Naut. To hoist; as, to sway up the yards.
Syn: -- To bias; rule; govern; direct; influence; swing; move; wave; wield.
Sway v. i.
1. To be drawn to one side by weight or influence; to lean; to incline.
The balance sways on our part. --Bacon.
2. To move or swing from side to side; or backward and forward.
3. To have weight or influence.
The example of sundry churches . . . doth sway much. --Hooker.
4. To bear sway; to rule; to govern.
Hadst thou swayed as kings should do. --Shak.
1. The act of swaying; a swaying motion; the swing or sweep of a weapon.
With huge two-handed sway brandished aloft. --Milton.
2. Influence, weight, or authority that inclines to one side; as, the sway of desires.
3. Preponderance; turn or cast of balance.
When to advance, or stand, or turn the sway
Of battle. --Milton.
4. Rule; dominion; control.
When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway,
The post of honor is a private station. --Addison.
5. A switch or rod used by thatchers to bind their work. [Prov. Eng.]
Syn: -- Rule; dominion; power; empire; control; influence; direction; preponderance; ascendency.
n 1: controlling influence
2: pitching dangerously to one side [syn: rock, careen, tilt]
v 1: move back and forth or sideways; "the ship was rocking";
"the tall building swayed"; "She rocked back and forth
on her feet" [syn: rock, shake]
2: move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner; "He swung
back" [syn: swing]
3: win approval or support for; "Carry all before one"; "His
speech did not sway the voters" [syn: carry, persuade]
4: cause to move back and forth; "rock the cradle"; "rock the
baby"; "the wind swayed the trees gently" [syn: rock]