Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To move back and forth suspended or as if suspended from above.
  • intransitive verb To hit at something with a sweeping motion of the arm.
  • intransitive verb To move laterally or in a curve.
  • intransitive verb To turn in place on or as if on a hinge or pivot.
  • intransitive verb To move along with an easy, swaying gait.
  • intransitive verb To propel oneself from one place or position to another by grasping a fixed support.
  • intransitive verb To ride on a swing.
  • intransitive verb To shift from one attitude, interest, condition, or emotion to another; vacillate.
  • intransitive verb Slang To be put to death by hanging.
  • intransitive verb To have a subtle, intuitively felt rhythm or sense of rhythm.
  • intransitive verb To play with a subtle, intuitively felt sense of rhythm.
  • intransitive verb To be lively, trendy, and exciting.
  • intransitive verb To engage in promiscuous sex.
  • intransitive verb To exchange sex partners. Used especially of married couples.
  • intransitive verb To have a sexual orientation.
  • intransitive verb To cause to move back and forth, as on a swing.
  • intransitive verb To cause to move in a broad arc or curve.
  • intransitive verb To cause to move with a sweeping motion.
  • intransitive verb To lift and convey with a sweeping motion.
  • intransitive verb To suspend so as to sway or turn freely.
  • intransitive verb To suspend on hinges.
  • intransitive verb To cause to turn on hinges.
  • intransitive verb To cause to shift from one attitude, position, opinion, or condition to another.
  • intransitive verb To manage or arrange successfully.
  • intransitive verb To bring around to the desired result.
  • intransitive verb Music To play (music) with a subtle, intuitively felt sense of rhythm.
  • noun The act or an instance of swinging; movement back and forth or in one particular direction.
  • noun The sweep or scope of something that swings.
  • noun A blow or stroke executed with a sweeping motion of the arm.
  • noun The manner in which one swings something, such as a bat or golf club.
  • noun A shift from one attitude, position, or condition to another.
  • noun Freedom of action.
  • noun A swaying, graceful motion.
  • noun A sweep back and forth.
  • noun A course or tour that returns to the starting point.
  • noun A seat suspended from above, as by ropes, on which one can ride back and forth for recreation.
  • noun The normal rhythm of life or pace of activities.
  • noun A steady, vigorous rhythm or movement, as in verse.
  • noun A regular movement up or down, as in stock prices.
  • noun A type of popular dance music developed about 1935 and based on jazz but employing a larger band, less improvisation, and simpler harmonic and rhythmic patterns.
  • noun A ballroom dance performed to this music.
  • noun A subtle, intuitively felt rhythmic quality or sense of rhythm.
  • adjective Music Relating to or performing swing.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English swingen, to beat, brandish, from Old English swingan, to flog, strike, swing.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English swingen, from Old English swingan, from Proto-Germanic *swinganan (cf. German schwingen 'to brandish', Swedish svinga), from Proto-Indo-European *su̯eng (cf. Scottish Gaelic seang 'thin').

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