[c]/swɪŋ / (say swing)

verb (swung or, Archaic, swang, swung, swinging)
verb (t)
1. to cause to move to and fro, sway, or oscillate, as something suspended from above: ladies swinging their parasols.
2. to cause to move in alternate directions, or in either direction, about a fixed point or line of support, as a door on its hinges.
3. Cricket (of a bowler) to cause (the ball) to deviate to the left or right in its flight towards the wicket, as a result of the action of air on the seam of a shiny ball.
4. to move (something held or grasped) with an oscillating or rotary movement: swing a club about one's head.
5. to cause to move in a curve as if about a central point.
6. to turn (a ship or aircraft) to several known magnetic headings in order to check compass deviation.
7. to suspend so as to hang freely, as a hammock or a door.
8. to sway, influence, or manage as desired: to swing the voting in an election.
9. to play (a piece of music) in the style of swing.
verb (i)
10. to move to and fro, as something suspended from above, as a pendulum.
11. to move to and fro on a swing, as for amusement.
12. to move in alternate directions, or in either direction, about a point or line of support, as a gate on its hinges.
13. to move along by grasping a series of supports with the hands: swinging through the trees.
a. to move in a curve as if about a central point, as around a corner.
b. Cricket (of a ball) to deviate to the left or right in its flight toward the wicket, through atmospheric action on the seam.
15. to move with a free, swaying motion, as soldiers on the march.
16. (of music and musicians) to evince the characteristics of swing (def. 33).
17. to be suspended so as to hang freely, as a bell, etc.
18. Colloquial to suffer death by hanging.
19. to change or shift one's attention, opinion, interest, etc.; fluctuate.
20. to aim at or hit something with a sweeping movement of the arm.
21. Colloquial to be characterised by a lively, modern, or knowledgeable attitude to life.
22. Colloquial (of a place) to have a lively atmosphere.
23. Colloquial (of two people) to be in mental or spiritual harmony; be in accord in outlook or feeling.
24. Colloquial to change sexual partners frequently, especially to be a member of a group agreeing to exchange sexual partners on a casual basis.
25. the act or the manner of swinging; movement in alternate directions, or in a particular direction.
26. the amount of such movement.
27. a curving movement or course.
28. a moving of the body with a free, swaying motion, as in walking.
29. a blow or stroke with the hand or an object held in the hands, as a cricket bat, golf club, etc.: to improve your golf swing.
30. a change or shift in attitude, opinion, behaviour, etc.
31. an upward or downward movement in the price of a commodity, security or business activity.
32. a steady, marked rhythm or movement, as of verse or music.
33. Also, swing music. a smooth, orchestral type of jazz popular in the 1930s, often arranged for big bands.
34. the rhythmic element that excites dancers and listeners to move in time to jazz music.
35. US freedom of action: have free swing.
36. active operation: to get into the swing of things.
37. something that is swung or that swings.
38. a seat suspended from above as in a loop of rope or between ropes or rods, in which one may sit and swing to and fro for amusement.
39. Cricket deviation of a ball in mid-air, as a result of atmospheric action on the seam.
40. Politics the measure of the electoral support transferred from one party to another, as expressed in percentage points, between a party's vote at one election and its vote at the next.
41. the maximum workable diameter of a tool, such as a lathe.
42. designed to permit swinging or hanging: a swing frame.
43. of, relating to, or characteristic of, swing (def. 33).
44. get into the swing of, to become accustomed to, so as to be able to take part effectively.
45. in full swing, fully active; operating at maximum speed or with maximum efficiency.
46. swing around (or over), to make a casual visit on one's way or as if on one's way to another destination: to swing around to the beach on the way to the shops.
47. swing into action, to commence.
48. take a swing at, to strike or attempt to strike with the fist.
{Middle English; Old English swingan, swinge blow}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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