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Etymology

(verb) Old English swingan.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
swing

Plural
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  1. The manner in which something is swung.
    He worked tirelessly to improve his golf swing.
    Door swing indicates direction the door opens.
  2. A hanging seat in a children's playground, for acrobats in a circus, or on a porch for relaxing.
  3. A dance style.
  4. (music) The genre of music associated with this dance style.
  5. The amount of change towards or away from something.
  6. Particularly, the increase or decrease in the number of votes in an election for opposition parties compared with votes for the incumbent party.
    The polls showed a wide swing to Labour.
  7. (cricket) sideways movement of the ball as it flies through the air.
  8. The diameter that a lathe can cut.
  9. In a musical theater production, a performer who understudies several roles. See understudy.

Quotations

  • 1937 June 11, Judy Garland, “All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm”, A day at the races, Sam Wood (director), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
    All God’s chillun got rhythm. All God's chillun got swing.
    Maybe haven't got money, maybe haven't got shoes.
    All God’s chillun got rhythm for to [sic.] push away their blues.

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Verb

Infinitive
to swing

Third person singular
swings

Simple past
swang or swung

Past participle
swung or (archaic) swungen

Present participle
swinging

to swing (third-person singular simple present swings, present participle swinging, simple past swang or swung, past participle swung or (archaic) swungen)
  1. (intransitive) To move backward and forward, especially rotating about or hanging from a fixed point.
    The plant swung in the breeze.
  2. (intransitive) To dance.
  3. (intransitive) To ride on a swing.
    The children laughed as they swung.
  4. (intransitive) To participate in the swinging lifestyle; to participate in wife-swapping.
  5. (intransitive) To hang from the gallows.
  6. (intransitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) (of a ball) to move sideways in its trajectory.
  7. (intransitive) To fluctuate or change.
    It wasn't long before the crowd's mood swung towards restless irritability.
  8. (transitive) To move (an object) backward and forward; to wave.
    He swung his sword as hard as he could.
  9. (transitive) To change (a numerical result); especially to change the outcome of an election.
  10. (transitive) To make (something) work; especially to afford (something) financially.
    If it’s not too expensive, I think we can swing it.
  11. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To play notes that are in pairs by making the first of the pair slightly longer than written (augmentation) and the second, resulting in a bouncy, uneven rhythm.
  12. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) (of a bowler) to make the ball move sideways in its trajectory.
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