( swey “ to fall, swoon ”), from Middle English , from sweyen Old Norse ( sveigja “ to bend, bow ”), from Proto-Germanic (compare *swaigijaną Saterland Frisian ( swooie “ to swing, wave, wobble ”), Dutch , zwaaien Dutch Low Saxon sweuen ( “ to sway in the wind ”), from Proto-Indo-European (compare *swaig- Lithuanian ( svaĩgti “ to become giddy or dizzy ”), the second element of Avestan [script needed] ( pairi-šxuaxta, “ to surround ”), Sanskrit [script needed] ( svájate, “ he embraces, enfolds ”)). Cognate to Proto-Slavic ( *čьvati “ swell, become bigger ”), Old Greek ( κυέω kyéo, “ become pregnant ”).
sway ( plural ) sways
The act of swaying; a swaying
motion; a swing or sweep of a weapon. A
rocking or swinging motion.
The old song caused a little sway in everyone in the room.
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. Preponderance; turn or cast of balance.
dominion; control. A
switch or rod used by thatchers to bind their work. The maximum amplitude of a vehicle's lateral motion
The act of swaying; a swaying motion; a swing or sweep of a weapon
A rocking or swinging motion
Preponderance; turn or cast of balance
A switch or rod used by thatchers to bind their work
sway ( third-person singular simple present , sways present participle , swaying simple past and past participle ) swayed
move or swing from side to side; or backward and forward; to rock.
sway to the music; The trees swayed in the breeze.
1907, Robert W. Chambers, chapter V, :
The Younger Set
Breezes blowing from beds of iris quickened her breath with their perfume; she saw the tufted lilacs
sway in the wind, and the streamers of mauve-tinted wistaria swinging, all a-glisten with golden bees; she saw a crimson cardinal winging through the foliage, and amorous tanagers flashing like scarlet flames athwart the pines. To move or
wield with the hand; to swing; to wield.
to sway the sceptre
Edmund Spenser (c.1552–1599)
As sparkles from the anvil rise, / When heavy hammers on the wedge are
influence or direct by power, authority, persuasion, or by moral force; to rule; to govern; to guide. Compare .
Do you think you can sway their decision?
John Dryden (1631-1700)
This was the race / To
sway the world, and land and sea subdue. To cause to incline or swing to one side, or backward and forward; to bias; to turn; to bend; warp.
reeds swayed by the wind; judgment swayed by passion
John Tillotson (1630-1694)
Let not temporal and little advantages
sway you against a more durable interest.
( nautical ) To hoist (a mast or yard) into position.
to sway up the yards To be
drawn to one side by weight or influence; to lean; to incline.
To have weight or influence.
Richard Hooker (1554-1600)
The example of sundry churches
[… ] doth sway much. To bear sway; to
rule; to govern.
to move or swing from side to side; or backward and forward; to rock
, 搖晃 摇晃 ( (zh) yáohuang), , 搖擺 摇摆 ( (zh) yáobǎi) Dutch:
zwaaien (nl) Faroese:
, keinua , keinahdella huojua , (fi) huojahdella German:
schaukeln , (de) , sich wiegen schwanken (de) Hungarian:
hullámzik , (hu) imbolyog , (hu) ring , (hu) ringatózik , (hu) himbálózik , (hu) hintázik , (hu) inog (hu)
to move or wield with the hand
to cause to incline or swing to one side, or backward and forward
nautical: to hoist into position
to be drawn to one side by weight or influence
to have weight or influence
to bear sway; to rule; to govern
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