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.
adj : characterized by a buoyant rhythm; "an easy lilting stride";
"the flute broke into a light lilting air"; "a swinging
pace"; "a graceful swingy walk"; "a tripping singing
measure" [syn: lilting, swingy, tripping]
n : changing location by moving back and forth [syn: swing, vacillation]