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Dictionary definition for: Swing

1. (v) move in a curve or arc, usually with the intent of hitting; "He swung his left fist" "swing a bat"

2. (n) 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"

3. (n) mechanical device used as a plaything to support someone swinging back and forth

4. (v) move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner; "He swung back"

5. (n) a sweeping blow or stroke; "he took a wild swing at my head"

6. (v) change direction with a swinging motion; turn; "swing back" "swing forward"

7. (v) influence decisively; "This action swung many votes over to his side"

8. (n) changing location by moving back and forth

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

10. (v) make a big sweeping gesture or movement

11. (n) a jaunty rhythm in music

12. (v) hang freely; "the ornaments dangled from the tree" "The light dropped from the ceiling"

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

14. (v) hit or aim at with a sweeping arm movement; "The soccer player began to swing at the referee"

15. (v) alternate dramatically between high and low values; "his mood swings" "the market is swinging up and down"

16. (n) in baseball; a batter''s attempt to hit a pitched ball; "he took a vicious cut at the ball"

17. (v) live in a lively, modern, and relaxed style; "The Woodstock generation attempted to swing freely"

18. (n) a square dance figure; a pair of dancers join hands and dance around a point between them

19. (v) have a certain musical rhythm; "The music has to swing"

20. (v) be a social swinger; socialize a lot

21. (v) play with a subtle and intuitively felt sense of rhythm

22. (v) engage freely in promiscuous sex, often with the husband or wife of one''s friends; "There were many swinging couples in the 1960''s"

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