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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


Synonymslilt


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


Synonymssway


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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