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English noun: swing

1. swing (state) a state of steady vigorous action that is characteristic of an activity

SamplesThe party went with a swing.
It took time to get into the swing of things.

Broader (hypernym)action, activeness, activity

2. swing (artifact) mechanical device used as a plaything to support someone swinging back and forth

Broader (hypernym)mechanical device, plaything, toy

Narrower (hyponym)trapeze

Part meronymplayground

3. swing (act) a sweeping blow or stroke

SamplesHe took a wild swing at my head.

Broader (hypernym)blow

4. swing (act) changing location by moving back and forth

Synonymsswinging, vacillation

Broader (hypernym)motion, move, movement

5. swing (communication) a style of jazz played by big bands popular in the 1930s; flowing rhythms but less complex than later styles of jazz

Synonymsjive, swing music

Broader (hypernym)jazz

6. swing (attribute) a jaunty rhythm in music


Broader (hypernym)rhythmicity

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

Synonymsgolf shot, golf stroke

Broader (hypernym)shot, stroke

Narrower (hyponym)approach, approach shot, downswing, draw, drive, driving, explosion, fade, hook, hooking, putt, putting, sclaff, shank, slice, slicing, teeoff

8. swing (act) in baseball; a batter's attempt to hit a pitched ball

SamplesHe took a vicious cut at the ball.

Synonymsbaseball swing, cut

Broader (hypernym)shot, stroke

9. swing (act) a square dance figure; a pair of dancers join hands and dance around a point between them

Broader (hypernym)contra danse, contradance, contredanse, country dancing, country-dance

Part meronymsquare dance, square dancing

English verb: swing

1. swing (motion) move in a curve or arc, usually with the intent of hitting

SamplesHe swung his left fist.
Swing a bat.

ExamplesThe girls swing the wooden sticks

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Narrower (hyponym)wind up

2. swing (motion) move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner

SamplesHe swung back.

ExamplesThe wooden sticks swing


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)move back and forth

Narrower (hyponym)brachiate, lash, oscillate, vibrate, waver, weave

3. swing (motion) change direction with a swinging motion; turn

SamplesSwing back.
Swing forward.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

4. swing (social) influence decisively

SamplesThis action swung many votes over to his side.

Synonymsswing over

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)act upon, influence, work

5. swing (contact) make a big sweeping gesture or movement

Synonymssweep, swing out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)handle, manage, wield

6. swing (stative) hang freely

SamplesThe ornaments dangled from the tree.
The light dropped from the ceiling.

ExamplesThe lights swing from the ceiling

Synonymsdangle, drop

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)hang

Narrower (hyponym)droop, loll

7. swing (competition) hit or aim at with a sweeping arm movement

SamplesThe soccer player began to swing at the referee.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)aim, direct, take, take aim, train

8. swing (change) alternate dramatically between high and low values

SamplesHis mood swings.
The market is swinging up and down.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)fluctuate, vacillate, waver

9. swing (stative) live in a lively, modern, and relaxed style

SamplesThe Woodstock generation attempted to swing freely.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)live

10. swing (stative) have a certain musical rhythm

SamplesThe music has to swing.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)be

11. swing (social) be a social swinger; socialize a lot

Synonymsget around

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)socialise, socialize

12. swing (creation) play with a subtle and intuitively felt sense of rhythm

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)play

Domain categorymusic

13. swing (contact) engage freely in promiscuous sex, often with the husband or wife of one's friends

SamplesThere were many swinging couples in the 1960's.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)fornicate

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