swing

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. i. oscillate, sway, wag; depend, dangle; pivot, turn; informal, be hanged; slang, [wife- or husband-]swap. See oscillation,punishment, impurity, sex. —n. sweep, sway, oscillation; rhythm, lilt, scope, range, latitude, freedom; regularity, pendency.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. sway, motion, undulation, fluctuation, stroke, vibration, oscillation, lilt, beat, rhythm; see also wave 3 .
in full swing,
Syn. lively, vigorous, animated, without reserve, without restraint; see also active 2 , exciting .
v.
1. [To describe an arc]
Syn. sway, pivot, rotate, turn, turn about, revolve, fluctuate, waver, palpitate, oscillate, vibrate, undulate, turn on an axis; see also rock , wave 3 .
2. [To cause to swing, sense 1]
Syn. wield, flourish, brandish, whirl, twirl, wave, hurl to and fro, throw around in a circle.
Syn.- swing suggests the to-and-fro motion of something that is suspended, hinged, pivoted, etc. so that it is free to turn or swivel at the point or points of attachment [ a swinging door ] ; sway describes the slow swinging motion of something flexible or self-balancing, whether attached or unattached, in yielding to pressure, weight, etc. [ branches swaying in the wind, a drunk swaying as he walked ] ; to oscillate is to swing back and forth, within certain limits, in the manner of a pendulum; vibrate suggests a rapid, regular, back-and-forth motion, as of a plucked, taut string, and is applied in physics to a similar movement of the particles of a fluid or elastic medium [ the table began to vibrate with the sound ] fluctuate implies continual, irregular alternating movements and is now most common in its extended sense [fluctuating prices ] ; undulate implies a gentle wavelike motion or form [unduLating hills, grass unduLating in the breeze ]
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(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
I
n.
1. oscillation pendulation, sway, swaying, undulation, arc.
2. punch blow, stroke, uppercut, *roundhouse, left hook.
3. rhythm beat, cadence, meter, pulse, measure.
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v.
1. oscillate pendulate, sway, rock, teeter, seesaw, waver, wobble, move back and forth.
2. turn pivot, come around, spin, wheel, rotate, whirl, swivel, pirouette.
3. deliver a blow deliver a roundhouse right, punch.
4. have an exciting rhythm *have a groove, *groove, rock.
5. be liberal sexually swap partners, *bed-hop.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I verb 1. To move rhythmically back and forth suspended or as if suspended from above: oscillate, sway. See MOVE, REPETITION. 2. To fasten or be fastened at one point with no support from below: dangle, depend, hang, sling, suspend. See HANG. 3. To change the direction or course of: avert, deflect, deviate, divert, pivot, shift, turn, veer. See CHANGE. 4. To turn or cause to turn in place, as on a hinge or fixed point, tracing an arclike path: pivot, wheel. See MOVE. 5. To change one's attitudes or policies, for example: vacillate, waver. See CHANGE, DECIDE. 6. Slang. To execute by suspending by the neck: gibbet, hang. Informal: string up. See HELP. 7. Informal. To bring about and carry to a successful conclusion: bring off, carry out, carry through, effect, effectuate, execute, put through. See DO. II noun 1. An area within which something or someone exists, acts, or has influence or power: ambit, compass, extension, extent, orbit, purview, range, reach, realm, scope, sphere, sweep. See TERRITORY. 2. The patterned, recurring alternation of contrasting elements, such as stressed and unstressed notes in music: beat, cadence, cadency, measure, meter, rhythm. See REPETITION.

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