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Verb: swing (swung, also swang)  swing
  1. Move in a curve or arc, usually with the intent of hitting
    "He swung his left fist"; "swing a bat"
  2. Move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner
    "He swung back";
    - sway
  3. Change direction with a swinging motion; turn
    "swing back"; "swing forward"
  4. Influence decisively
    "This action swung many votes over to his side";
    - swing over
  5. Make a big sweeping gesture or movement
    - sweep, swing out
  6. Hang loosely
    "the ornaments swung from the tree";
    - dangle, drop
  7. Hit or aim at with a sweeping arm movement
    "The soccer player began to swing at the referee"
  8. Alternate dramatically between high and low values
    "his mood swings"; "the market is swinging up and down"
  9. Live in a lively, modern, and relaxed style
    "The Woodstock generation attempted to swing freely"
  10. Have a certain musical rhythm
    "The music has to swing"
  11. Be a social swinger; socialize a lot
    - get around
  12. (music) play with a subtle and intuitively felt sense of rhythm
  13. [vulgar] Engage freely in promiscuous sex, often with the husband or wife of one's friends
    "There were many swinging couples in the 1960's"
Noun: swing  swing
  1. A state of steady vigorous action that is characteristic of an activity
    "the party went with a swing"; "it took time to get into the swing of things"
  2. Mechanical device used as a plaything to support someone swinging back and forth
  3. A sweeping blow or stroke
    "he took a wild swing at my head"
  4. Changing location by moving back and forth
    - swinging, vacillation
  5. A style of jazz played by big bands popular in the 1930s; flowing rhythms but less complex than later styles of jazz
    - swing music, jive
  6. A jaunty rhythm in music
    - lilt
  7. The act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it
    - golf stroke, golf shot
  8. In baseball; a batter's attempt to hit a pitched ball
    "he took a vicious swing at the ball";
    - baseball swing, cut
  9. A square dance figure; a pair of dancers join hands and dance around a point between them

Derived forms: swings, swang, swinging, swung

Type of: act upon, action, activeness, activity, aim, be, blow, change, contra danse, contradance, contredanse, country dance, country dancing, direct, displace, go, handle, hang, influence, jazz, live, locomote, manage, mechanical device, motion, move, move back and forth, movement, play, plaything, rhythmicity, shot, socialise [Brit], socialize, stroke, take, take aim, toy, train, travel, wield, work

Part of: playground, square dance, square dancing

Encyclopedia: Swing, Swang, Swung