Swing v. i. [imp. & p. p. Swung Archaic imp. Swang p. pr. & vb. n. Swinging.]
1. 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. --Boyle.
2. To sway or move from one side or direction to another; as, the door swung open.
3. To use a swing; as, a boy swings for exercise or pleasure. See Swing, n., 3.
4. Naut. To turn round by action of wind or tide when at anchor; as, a ship swings with the tide.
5. To be hanged. [Colloq.]
To swing round the circle, to make a complete circuit. [Colloq.]
He had swung round the circle of theories and systems in which his age abounded, without finding relief. --A. V. G. Allen.
Swing, v. t.
1. 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. --Dryden.
They get on ropes, as you must have seen the children, and are swung by their men visitants. --Spectator.
2. 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.
3. 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.
To swing a door, gate, etc. Carp., to put it on hinges so that it can swing or turn.
1. The act of swinging; a waving, oscillating, or vibratory motion of a hanging or pivoted object; oscillation; as, the swing of a pendulum.
2. Swaying motion from one side or direction to the other; as, some men walk with a swing.
3. 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.
4. 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. --Shak.
5. Capacity of a turning lathe, as determined by the diameter of the largest object that can be turned in it.
6. 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. --Burke.
Full swing. See under Full.
Swing beam Railway Mach., a crosspiece sustaining the car body, and so suspended from the framing of a truck that it may have an independent lateral motion.
Swing bridge, a form of drawbridge which swings horizontally, as on a vertical pivot.
Swing plow, or Swing plough. (a) A plow without a fore wheel under the beam. (b) A reversible or sidehill plow.
Swing wheel. (a) The scape-wheel in a clock, which drives the pendulum. (b) The balance of a watch.
n 1: 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"
2: mechanical device used as a plaything to support someone
swinging back and forth
3: a sweeping blow or stroke; "he took a wild swing at my head"
4: changing location by moving back and forth [syn: swinging,
5: a style of jazz played by big bands popular in the 1930s;
flowing rhythms but less complex than later styles of jazz
[syn: swing music, jive]
6: a jaunty rhythm in music [syn: lilt]
7: the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually)
hitting it [syn: golf stroke, golf shot]
8: in baseball; a batter's attempt to hit a pitched ball; "he
took a vicious cut at the ball" [syn: baseball swing, cut]
9: a square dance figure; a pair of dancers join hands and
dance around a point between them
v 1: move in a curve or arc, usually with the intent of hitting;
"He swung his left fist"; "swing a bat"
2: move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner; "He swung
back" [syn: sway]
3: change direction with a swinging motion; turn; "swing back";
4: influence decisively; "This action swung many votes over to
his side" [syn: swing over]
5: make a big sweeping gesture or movement [syn: sweep, swing
6: hang freely; "the ornaments dangled from the tree"; "The
light dropped from the ceiling" [syn: dangle, drop]
7: hit or aim at with a sweeping arm movement; "The soccer
player began to swing at the referee"
8: alternate dramatically between high and low values; "his
mood swings"; "the market is swinging up and down"
9: live in a lively, modern, and relaxed style; "The Woodstock
generation attempted to swing freely"
10: have a certain musical rhythm; "The music has to swing"
11: be a social swinger; socialize a lot [syn: get around]
12: play with a subtle and intuitively felt sense of rhythm
13: engage freely in promiscuous sex, often with the husband or
wife of one's friends; "There were many swinging couples
in the 1960's"