AskDefine | Define sway

Dictionary Definition

sway

Noun

1 controlling influence
2 pitching dangerously to one side [syn: rock, careen, tilt]

Verb

1 move back and forth or sideways; "the ship was rocking"; "the tall building swayed"; "She rocked back and forth on her feet" [syn: rock, shake]
2 move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner; "He swung back" [syn: swing]
3 win approval or support for; "Carry all before one"; "His speech did not sway the voters" [syn: carry, persuade]
4 cause to move back and forth; "rock the cradle"; "rock the baby"; "the wind swayed the trees gently" [syn: rock]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Etymology

Akin with sveigja.

Noun

  1. The act of swaying; a swaying motion; a swing or sweep of a weapon.
  2. A rocking or swinging motion.
  3. Influence, weight, or authority that inclines to one side; as, the sway of desires.
    I doubt I'll hold much sway with someone so powerful.
  4. Preponderance; turn or cast of balance.
  5. Rule; dominion; control.
  6. A switch or rod used by thatchers to bind their work.

Translations

The act of swaying; a swaying motion; a swing or sweep of a weapon
A rocking or swinging motion
Influence, weight, or authority that inclines to one side
Preponderance; turn or cast of balance
Rule; dominion; control
A switch or rod used by thatchers to bind their work

Verb

  1. To move or swing from side to side; or backward and forward; to rock.
    The trees swayed in the breeze.
  2. To move or wield with the hand; to swing; to wield; as, to sway the scepter.
  3. To influence or direct by power and authority; by persuasion, or by moral force; to rule; to govern; to guide. Cf. persuade
    Do you think you can sway their decision?
  4. 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
  5. To hoist
    to sway up the yards
  6. To be drawn to one side by weight or influence; to lean; to incline.
  7. To have weight or influence.
  8. To bear sway; to rule; to govern.

Translations

To move or swing from side to side; or backward and forward; to rock
To move or wield with the hand; to swing; to wield; as, to sway the scepter
To influence or direct by power and authority; by persuasion, or by moral force; to rule; to govern; to guide
To cause to incline or swing to one side, or backward and forward; to bias; to turn; to bend; warp
To hoist
To be drawn to one side by weight or influence; to lean; to incline
To have weight or influence
To bear sway; to rule; to govern

See also

Extensive Definition

Things and places commonly known as Sway or sway include:

Music

  • Sway (musical genre)
  • Sway (dance), a motion in ballroom dance
  • Sway (band), an Irish rock band
  • Sway DaSafo, British hip hop rapper
  • SWAY, North Carolina based Rock and Roll Band founded in 2005 by members Jon Buff, Bryan Bullock, Gene Clements, Darwin Hadley and Dave Rickard. Charlotte, NC's 'Party Band'
  • Sway, first artist name used by the norwegian singer Espen Lind
Songs

Places

People

People commonly known as Sway include:

Things

See also

sway in French: Sway

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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