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  Definition of Swing
  1. changing location by moving back and forth
  2. a square dance figure; a pair of dancers join hands and dance around a point between them
  3. in baseball; a batter''s attempt to hit a pitched ball; "he took a vicious cut at the ball"
  4. the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it
  5. a sweeping blow or stroke; "he took a wild swing at my head"
  6. mechanical device used as a plaything to support someone swinging back and forth
  7. a jaunty rhythm in music
  8. a style of jazz played by big bands popular in the 1930s; flowing rhythms but less complex than later styles of jazz
  9. 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"
  10. alternate dramatically between high and low values; "his mood swings"; "the market is swinging up and down"
  11. hit or aim at with a sweeping arm movement; "The soccer player began to swing at the referee"
  12. engage freely in promiscuous sex, often with the husband or wife of one''s friends; "There were many swinging couples in the 1960''s"
  13. make a big sweeping gesture or movement
  14. play with a subtle and intuitively felt sense of rhythm
  15. move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner; "He swung back"
  16. change direction with a swinging motion; turn; "swing back"; "swing forward"
  17. move in a curve or arc, usually with the intent of hitting; "He swung his left fist"; "swing a bat"
  18. be a social swinger; socialize a lot
  19. influence decisively; "This action swung many votes over to his side"
  20. live in a lively, modern, and relaxed style; "The Woodstock generation attempted to swing freely"
  21. hang freely; "the ornaments dangled from the tree"; "The light dropped from the ceiling"
  22. have a certain musical rhythm; "The music has to swing"
Similar Words: swinging, vacillation, baseball swing, cut, golf stroke, golf shot, lilt, swing music, jive, sweep, swing out, sway, get around, swing over, dangle, drop


Hyponyms: downswing, slice, fade, slicing, hook, draw, hooking, drive, driving, explosion, putt, putting, approach, approach shot, sclaff, shank, teeoff, trapeze, fluctuate, vacillate, waver, weave, lash, oscillate, vibrate, brachiate, wind up, droop, loll


Part Meronyms: square dance, square dancing, playground


Derivational Morphology: fluctuate, vacillate, waver, dangle, drop, sway, sweep, swing out, lilt, jive, swinger, tramp, rock, careen, tilt, swinging, vacillation, golf stroke, golf shot, swing music


Anagrams: wings


Language Translations:
Catalan: nedar   Chinese: 鞦韆 and 搖擺  
Dutch: schommelen   Esperanto: balanco  
Finnish: keinu   French: balançoire and balancer  
German: Schaukel and schwingen   Greek: κούνια  
Hungarian: hinta and lengeni   Icelandic: róla  
Indonesian: ayun   Italian: altalena and dondolare  
Japanese: 揺れる   Korean: 그네 and 흔들리다  
Latin: cunae   Portuguese: balançar and balanço  
Russian: качать   Spanish: columpio and oscilar  
Swedish: gunga   Telugu: ఊగు  
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