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 swing swing

noun

  • () changing location by moving back and forth  ( swinging, vacillation, swing )
    changing location by moving back and forth
  • () a sweeping blow or stroke  ( swing )
    a sweeping blow or stroke
     he took a wild swing at my head
    he took a wild swing at my head
  • () mechanical device used as a plaything to support someone swinging back and forth  ( swing )
    mechanical device used as a plaything to support someone swinging back and forth
  • () a state of steady vigorous action that is characteristic of an activity  ( swing )
    a state of steady vigorous action that is characteristic of an activity
     the party went with a swing
    the party went with a swing
     it took time to get into the swing of things
    it took time to get into the swing of things
  • a square dance figure; a pair of dancers join hands and dance around a point between them  ( swing )
    a square dance figure; a pair of dancers join hands and dance around a point between them
  • in baseball; a batter's attempt to hit a pitched ball  ( baseball swing, cut, swing )
    in baseball; a batter's attempt to hit a pitched ball
     he took a vicious cut at the ball
    he took a vicious cut at the ball
  • the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it  ( golf shot, golf stroke, swing )
    the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it
  • a jaunty rhythm in music  ( swing, lilt )
    a jaunty rhythm in music
  • a style of jazz played by big bands popular in the 1930s; flowing rhythms but less complex than later styles of jazz  ( jive, swing, swing music )
    a style of jazz played by big bands popular in the 1930s; flowing rhythms but less complex than later styles of jazz
  • verb

  • () move in a curve or arc, usually with the intent of hitting  ( swing )
    move in a curve or arc, usually with the intent of hitting
     He swung his left fist
    He swung his left fist
     swing a bat
    swing a bat
  • () move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner  ( sway, swing )
    move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner
     He swung back
    He swung back
  • () change direction with a swinging motion; turn  ( swing )
    change direction with a swinging motion; turn
     swing back
    swing back
     swing forward
    swing forward
  • () make a big sweeping gesture or movement  ( sweep, swing out, swing )
    make a big sweeping gesture or movement
  • () influence decisively  ( swing over, swing )
    influence decisively
     This action swung many votes over to his side
    This action swung many votes over to his side
  • () alternate dramatically between high and low values  ( swing )
    alternate dramatically between high and low values
     his mood swings
    his mood swings
     the market is swinging up and down
    the market is swinging up and down
  • () hit or aim at with a sweeping arm movement  ( swing )
    hit or aim at with a sweeping arm movement
     The soccer player began to swing at the referee
    The soccer player began to swing at the referee
  • () hang freely  ( drop, swing, dangle )
    hang freely
     the ornaments dangled from the tree
    the ornaments dangled from the tree
     The light dropped from the ceiling
    The light dropped from the ceiling
  • () live in a lively, modern, and relaxed style  ( swing )
    live in a lively, modern, and relaxed style
     The Woodstock generation attempted to swing freely
    The Woodstock generation attempted to swing freely
  • engage freely in promiscuous sex, often with the husband or wife of one's friends  ( 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
    There were many swinging couples in the 1960's
  • play with a subtle and intuitively felt sense of rhythm  ( swing )
    play with a subtle and intuitively felt sense of rhythm
  • be a social swinger; socialize a lot  ( get around, swing )
    be a social swinger; socialize a lot
  • have a certain musical rhythm  ( swing )
    have a certain musical rhythm
     The music has to swing
    The music has to swing