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.
To cause to swing or vibrate; to cause to move backward and forward, or from one side to the other.
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 use a swing; as, a boy swings for exercise or pleasure. See Swing, n., 3.
To sway or move from one side or direction to another; as, the door swung open.
To move to and fro, as a body suspended in the air; to wave; to vibrate; to oscillate.
To turn round by action of wind or tide when at anchor; as, a ship swings with the tide.
To be hanged.
The act of swinging; a waving, oscillating, or vibratory motion of a hanging or pivoted object; oscillation; as, the swing of a pendulum.
Swaying motion from one side or direction to the other; as, some men walk with a swing.
Influence of power of a body put in swaying motion.
Free course; unrestrained liberty or license; tendency.
Capacity of a turning lathe, as determined by the diameter of the largest object that can be turned in it.
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.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
\swing\ (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. swung (?); archaic imp. swang (?); p. pr. & vb. n. swinging.] [oe. swingen, as. swingan to scourge, to fly, to flutter; akin to g. schwingen to winnow, to swingle, oscillate, sich schwingen to leap, to soar, ohg. swingan to throw, to scourge, to soar, sw. svinga to swing, to whirl, dan. svinge. cf. swagger, sway, swinge, swink.]
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.
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.] webster.
to swing a door
to swing round the circle
the king of swing
in full swing