Swing

Definition of Swing

v. i.1.To move to and fro, as a body suspended in the air; to wave; to vibrate; to oscillate.
[imp. & p. p. Swung ; Archaic imp. Swang ; p. pr. & vb. n. Swinging.]
I tried if a pendulum would swing faster, or continue swinging longer, in case of exsuction of the air.
- Boyle.
2.To sway or move from one side or direction to another; as, the door swung open.
3.To use a swing; as, a boy swings for exercise or pleasure. See Swing, n., 3.
4.(Naut.) To turn round by action of wind or tide when at anchor; as, a ship swings with the tide.
5.To be hanged.
To swing round the circle
to make a complete circuit.
He had swung round the circle of theories and systems in which his age abounded, without finding relief.
- A. V. G. Allen.
v. t.1.To cause to swing or vibrate; to cause to move backward and forward, or from one side to the other.
He swings his tail, and swiftly turns his round.
- Dryden.
They get on ropes, as you must have seen the children, and are swung by their men visitants.
- Spectator.
2.To give a circular movement to; to whirl; to brandish; as, to swing a sword; to swing a club; hence, colloquially, to manage; as, to swing a business.
3.(Mach.) To admit or turn (anything) for the purpose of shaping it; - said of a lathe; as, the lathe can swing a pulley of 12 inches diameter.
To swing a door
(Carp.) to put it on hinges so that it can swing or turn.
n.1.The act of swinging; a waving, oscillating, or vibratory motion of a hanging or pivoted object; oscillation; as, the swing of a pendulum.
2.Swaying motion from one side or direction to the other; as, some men walk with a swing.
3.A line, cord, or other thing suspended and hanging loose, upon which anything may swing; especially, an apparatus for recreation by swinging, commonly consisting of a rope, the two ends of which are attached overhead, as to the bough of a tree, a seat being placed in the loop at the bottom; also, any contrivance by which a similar motion is produced for amusement or exercise.
4.Influence of power of a body put in swaying motion.
The ram that batters down the wall,
For the great swing and rudeness of his poise,
They place before his hand that made the engine.
- Shak.
5.Capacity of a turning lathe, as determined by the diameter of the largest object that can be turned in it.
6.Free course; unrestrained liberty or license; tendency.
To prevent anything which may prove an obstacle to the full swing of his genius.
- Burke.
Full swing
See under Full.
Swing beam
(Railway Mach.) a crosspiece sustaining the car body, and so suspended from the framing of a truck that it may have an independent lateral motion.
Swing bridge
a form of drawbridge which swings horizontally, as on a vertical pivot.
Swing plow
a - A plow without a fore wheel under the beam.
b - A reversible or sidehill plow.
Swing wheel
a - The scape-wheel in a clock, which drives the pendulum.
b - The balance of a watch.

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