Definition of Swing in English :

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Swing meaning in English

Meaning of Swing in English

Pronunciation of Swing in English

Swing pronunciation in English

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see synonyms of swing


1. swing

a state of steady vigorous action that is characteristic of an activity

Example Sentences:
'the party went with a swing'
'it took time to get into the swing of things'

2. swing

mechanical device used as a plaything to support someone swinging back and forth

3. swing

a sweeping blow or stroke

Example Sentences:
'he took a wild swing at my head'

4. swing, swinging, vacillation

changing location by moving back and forth

5. jive, swing, swing music

a style of jazz played by big bands popular in the 1930s; flowing rhythms but less complex than later styles of jazz

6. lilt, swing

a jaunty rhythm in music

7. golf shot, golf stroke, swing

the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it

8. baseball swing, cut, swing

in baseball; a batter's attempt to hit a pitched ball

Example Sentences:
'he took a vicious cut at the ball'

9. swing

a square dance figure; a pair of dancers join hands and dance around a point between them


10. swing

move in a curve or arc, usually with the intent of hitting

Example Sentences:
'He swung his left fist'
'swing a bat'

11. sway, swing

move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner

Example Sentences:
'He swung back'

12. swing

change direction with a swinging motion; turn

Example Sentences:
'swing back'
'swing forward'

13. swing, swing over

influence decisively

Example Sentences:
'This action swung many votes over to his side'

14. sweep, swing, swing out

make a big sweeping gesture or movement

15. dangle, drop, swing

hang freely

Example Sentences:
'the ornaments dangled from the tree'
'The light dropped from the ceiling'

16. swing

hit or aim at with a sweeping arm movement

Example Sentences:
'The soccer player began to swing at the referee'

17. swing

alternate dramatically between high and low values

Example Sentences:
'his mood swings'
'the market is swinging up and down'

18. swing

live in a lively, modern, and relaxed style

Example Sentences:
'The Woodstock generation attempted to swing freely'

19. swing

have a certain musical rhythm

Example Sentences:
'The music has to swing'

20. get around, swing

be a social swinger; socialize a lot

21. swing

play with a subtle and intuitively felt sense of rhythm

22. swing

engage freely in promiscuous sex, often with the husband or wife of one's friends

Example Sentences:
'There were many swinging couples in the 1960's'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of swing
verbWord forms: swings, swinging or swung
to move or cause to move rhythmically to and fro, as a free-hanging object; sway
2. (intransitive)
to move, walk, etc, with a relaxed and swaying motion
to pivot or cause to pivot, as on a hinge
to move or cause to move in a curve
the car swung around the bend
to move or cause to move by suspending or being suspended
to hang or be hung so as to be able to turn freely
7. (intransitive) slang
to be hanged
he'll swing for it
to alter or cause to alter habits, a course, etc
9. (transitive) informal
to influence or manipulate successfully
I hope he can swing the deal
10. (transitive; foll by up)
to raise or hoist, esp in a sweeping motion
11. (intransitive; often foll by at)
to hit out or strike (at), esp with a sweeping motion
12. (transitive)
to wave (a weapon, etc) in a sweeping motion; flourish
to arrange or play (music) with the rhythmically flexible and compulsive quality associated with jazz
14. (intransitive)
(of popular music, esp jazz, or of the musicians who play it) to have this quality
15. slang
to be lively and modern
16. (intransitive) slang
to swap sexual partners in a group, esp habitually
17. (intransitive) cricket
to bowl (a ball) with swing or (of a ball) to move with a swing
to turn (a ship or aircraft) in order to test compass error
19.  swing both ways
20.  swing the lead
the act or manner of swinging or the distance covered while swinging
a wide swing
a sweeping stroke or blow
23. boxing
a wide punch from the side similar to but longer than a hook
24. cricket
the lateral movement of a bowled ball through the air
any free-swaying motion
any curving movement; sweep
something that swings or is swung, esp a suspended seat on which a person may sit and swing back and forth
a kind of popular dance music influenced by jazz, usually played by big bands and originating in the 1930s
(as modifier)
swing music
29.  swingbeat
30. prosody
a steady distinct rhythm or cadence in prose or verse
31. informal
the normal round or pace
get into the swing of things
a fluctuation, as in some business activity, voting pattern, etc
b. (as modifier)
able to bring about a swing in a voting pattern
swing party
c. (as modifier)
having a mixed voting history, and thus becoming a target for political election campaigners
a swing state
33. US informal
free scope; freedom of activity
34. mainly US
a circular tour
35. Canadian
a tour of a particular area or region
36. Canadian
(in the North) a train of freight sleighs or canoes
37.  go with a swing
38.  in full swing
39.  swings and roundabouts

Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers


see synonyms of swing
verb intransitiveWord forms: swung or ˈswinging
to sway or move backward and forward with regular movement, as a freely hanging object or a ship at anchor; oscillate
to walk, trot, etc. with freely swaying, relaxed movements of the limbs
to deliver or aim a blow; strike (at)
to turn or pivot, as on a hinge or swivel
the door swung open
to move in a curve, esp. in order to go around something
the driver swung around the stalled car
to hang; be suspended
b.  Informal
to be put to death by hanging
to move backward and forward on a swing (sense 28)
8.  US
to have an exciting rhythmic quality
music that really swings
9.  US, Slang
to be ultra-fashionable, sophisticated, active, etc., esp. in the pursuit of pleasure
10.  Slang
to engage in casual sexual relations, esp. in an open, deliberate way
to exchange partners with other couples and engage in sexual activity
said esp. of married couples
verb transitive
to move or wave (a weapon, tool, bat, etc.) with a sweeping motion; flourish; brandish
to lift or hoist with a sweeping motion
to cause (a hanging object) to sway backward and forward; specif., to cause (a person on a swing) to move backward and forward by pushing or pulling the swing
to cause to turn or pivot, as on a hinge or swivel
to swing a door open
to cause to hang freely, so as to be capable of easy movement
to swing a hammock
to cause to move in a curve
to swing a car around a corner
to move (a ship or aircraft) through the points of the compass in order to check compass error
17.  US, Informal
to cause to come about successfully; manage with the desired results
to swing an election
18.  US
to play (music) in the style of swing
the act or process of swinging
the arc, or the length of the arc, through which something swings
the swing of a pendulum
the manner of swinging; specif., the manner of striking with a golf club, baseball bat, the arm, etc.
freedom to do as one wishes or is naturally inclined
given full swing in the matter
a free, relaxed motion, as in walking
a sweeping blow or stroke
the course, development, or movement of some activity, business, etc.
the power, or force, behind something swung or thrown; impetus
rhythm, as of poetry or music
a device, as a seat hanging from ropes or chains, on which one can sit and swing backward and forward as a form of amusement
a trip or tour
a swing around the country
30.  US
a style of jazz, esp. in its development from about 1935 to 1945, characterized by the use of large bands, fast tempos, and written arrangements for ensemble playing
31.  US, Business; Informal
regular upward and downward change in the price of stocks or in some other business activity
adjective US
of, in, or playing swing (music)
having or likely to have decisive power, as in determining the result of an election
the swing vote

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of swing
v. swung (swŭng), swing·ing, swings
1. To move back and forth suspended or as if suspended from above.
2. To hit at something with a sweeping motion of the arm: swung at the ball.
3. To move laterally or in a curve: The car swung over to the curb.
4. To turn in place on or as if on a hinge or pivot.
5. To move along with an easy, swaying gait: swinging down the road.
6. To propel oneself from one place or position to another by grasping a fixed support: swinging through the trees.
7. To ride on a swing.
8. To shift from one attitude, interest, condition, or emotion to another; vacillate.
9. Slang To be put to death by hanging.
10. Music
a. To have a subtle, intuitively felt rhythm or sense of rhythm.
b. To play with a subtle, intuitively felt sense of rhythm.
11. Slang
a. To be lively, trendy, and exciting.
b. To engage in promiscuous sex.
c. To exchange sex partners. Used especially of married couples.
d. To have a sexual orientation: Which way does he swing?
1. To cause to move back and forth, as on a swing.
2. To cause to move in a broad arc or curve: swing a bat; swung the car over.
a. To cause to move with a sweeping motion: swinging his arms.
b. To lift and convey with a sweeping motion: swung the cargo onto the deck.
4. To suspend so as to sway or turn freely: swung a hammock between two trees.
a. To suspend on hinges: swing a shutter.
b. To cause to turn on hinges: swung the door shut.
6. To cause to shift from one attitude, position, opinion, or condition to another.
7. Informal
a. To manage or arrange successfully: swing a deal.
b. To bring around to the desired result: swing an election.
8. Music To play (music) with a subtle, intuitively felt sense of rhythm.
1. The act or an instance of swinging; movement back and forth or in one particular direction.
2. The sweep or scope of something that swings: The pendulum's swing is 12 inches.
3. A blow or stroke executed with a sweeping motion of the arm.
4. The manner in which one swings something, such as a bat or golf club.
5. A shift from one attitude, position, or condition to another: a swing to conservatism.
6. Freedom of action: The children have free swing in deciding what color to paint their room.
a. A swaying, graceful motion: has a swing to her walk.
b. A sweep back and forth: the swing of a bird across the sky.
8. A course or tour that returns to the starting point: a swing across the state while campaigning.
9. A seat suspended from above, as by ropes, on which one can ride back and forth for recreation.
10. The normal rhythm of life or pace of activities: back in the swing.
11. A steady, vigorous rhythm or movement, as in verse.
12. A regular movement up or down, as in stock prices.
13. Music
a. 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.
b. A ballroom dance performed to this music.
c. A subtle, intuitively felt rhythmic quality or sense of rhythm.
1. Music Relating to or performing swing: a swing band.
2. Determining an outcome; decisive: the swing vote.

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