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swing

noun (n)

  • a state of steady vigorous action that is characteristic of an activity (noun.state)
    Example:
    The party went with a swing.
    It took time to get into the swing of things.
    source: wordnet30
  • mechanical device used as a plaything to support someone swinging back and forth (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • a sweeping blow or stroke (noun.act)
    Example:
    He took a wild swing at my head.
    source: wordnet30
  • changing location by moving back and forth (noun.act)
    source: wordnet30
  • a style of jazz played by big bands popular in the 1930s; flowing rhythms but less complex than later styles of jazz (noun.communication)
    Synonym: jive, swing music
    source: wordnet30
  • a jaunty rhythm in music (noun.attribute)
    Synonym: lilt
    source: wordnet30
  • the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it (noun.act)
    source: wordnet30
  • in baseball; a batter's attempt to hit a pitched ball (noun.act)
    Synonym: baseball swing, cut
    source: wordnet30
  • a square dance figure; a pair of dancers join hands and dance around a point between them (noun.act)
    source: wordnet30
  • The act of swinging; a waving, oscillating, or vibratory motion of a hanging or pivoted object; oscillation; as, the swing of a pendulum. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • move in a curve or arc, usually with the intent of hitting (verb.motion)
    Example:
    Swing a bat.
    source: wordnet30
  • move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner (verb.motion)
    Synonym: sway
    source: wordnet30
  • change direction with a swinging motion; turn (verb.motion)
    Example:
    Swing back.
    Swing forward.
    source: wordnet30
  • influence decisively (verb.social)
    Synonym: swing over
    source: wordnet30
  • make a big sweeping gesture or movement (verb.contact)
    Synonym: sweep, swing out
    source: wordnet30
  • hang freely (verb.stative)
    Synonym: dangle, drop, suspend
    source: wordnet30
  • hit or aim at with a sweeping arm movement (verb.competition)
    Example:
    The soccer player began to swing at the referee.
    source: wordnet30
  • alternate dramatically between high and low values (verb.change)
    Example:
    His mood swings.
    The market is swinging up and down.
    source: wordnet30
  • live in a lively, modern, and relaxed style (verb.stative)
    Example:
    The Woodstock generation attempted to swing freely.
    source: wordnet30
  • have a certain musical rhythm (verb.stative)
    Example:
    The music has to swing.
    source: wordnet30
  • be a social swinger; socialize a lot (verb.social)
    Synonym: get around
    source: wordnet30
  • play with a subtle and intuitively felt sense of rhythm (verb.creation)
    source: wordnet30
  • engage freely in promiscuous sex, often with the husband or wife of one's friends (verb.contact)
    Example:
    There were many swinging couples in the 1960's.
    source: wordnet30
  • To move to and fro, as a body suspended in the air; to wave; to vibrate; to oscillate. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To cause to swing or vibrate; to cause to move backward and forward, or from one side to the other. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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