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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 sway /ˈswe/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sway, n.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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]