Definition of Sway

Pronunciation: swā
v. t.1.To move or wield with the hand; to swing; to wield; as, to sway the scepter.
[imp. & p. p. Swayed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Swaying.]
As sparkles from the anvil rise,
When heavy hammers on the wedge are swayed.
- Spenser.
2.To influence or direct by power and authority; by persuasion, or by moral force; to rule; to govern; to guide.
The will of man is by his reason swayed.
- Shak.
She could not sway her house.
- Shak.
This was the race
To sway the world, and land and sea subdue.
- Dryden.
3.To cause to incline or swing to one side, or backward and forward; to bias; to turn; to bend; warp; as, reeds swayed by wind; judgment swayed by passion.
As bowls run true by being made
On purpose false, and to be swayed.
- Hudibras.
Let not temporal and little advantages sway you against a more durable interest.
- Tillotson.
4.(Naut.) To hoist; as, to sway up the yards.
v. i.1.To be drawn to one side by weight or influence; to lean; to incline.
The balance sways on our part.
- Bacon.
2.To move or swing from side to side; or backward and forward.
3.To have weight or influence.
The example of sundry churches . . . doth sway much.
- Hooker.
4.To bear sway; to rule; to govern.
Hadst thou swayed as kings should do.
- Shak.
n.1.The act of swaying; a swaying motion; the swing or sweep of a weapon.
With huge two-handed sway brandished aloft.
- Milton.
2.Influence, weight, or authority that inclines to one side; as, the sway of desires.
3.Preponderance; turn or cast of balance.
When to advance, or stand, or turn the sway
Of battle.
- Milton.
4.Rule; dominion; control.
When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway,
The post of honor is a private station.
- Addison.
5.A switch or rod used by thatchers to bind their work.

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