Sway
Sway Sway (sw[=a]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Swayed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Swaying}.] [OE. sweyen, Icel. sveigja, akin to E. swing; cf. D. zwaaijen to wield, swing. See {Swing}, and cf. {Swag}, v. i.] 1. To move or wield with the hand; to swing; to wield; as, to sway the scepter. [1913 Webster]

As sparkles from the anvil rise, When heavy hammers on the wedge are swayed. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. To influence or direct by power and authority; by persuasion, or by moral force; to rule; to govern; to guide. [1913 Webster]

The will of man is by his reason swayed. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

She could not sway her house. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

This was the race To sway the world, and land and sea subdue. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. 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. [1913 Webster]

As bowls run true by being made On purpose false, and to be swayed. --Hudibras. [1913 Webster]

Let not temporal and little advantages sway you against a more durable interest. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

4. (Naut.) To hoist; as, to sway up the yards. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To bias; rule; govern; direct; influence; swing; move; wave; wield. [1913 Webster]


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  • Sway — Sway, n. 1. The act of swaying; a swaying motion; the swing or sweep of a weapon. [1913 Webster] With huge two handed sway brandished aloft. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Influence, weight, or authority that inclines to one side; as, the sway of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sway — ist: ein Ort in England, siehe Sway (Hampshire) ein Unternehmen für Spezialeffekt in der Filmbranche, siehe Sway (Unternehmen) ein Konzept für eine schwimmende Windkraftanlage ein Künstlername, siehe Sister Sway eine Hardrockband aus Hannover,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Sway — (sw[=a]), v. i. 1. To be drawn to one side by weight or influence; to lean; to incline. [1913 Webster] The balance sways on our part. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. To move or swing from side to side; or backward and forward. [1913 Webster] 3. To have… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sway — Sway  англоязычная версия песни «¿Quién será?», мамбо 1953 года мексиканского композитора и руководителя оркестра Пабло Бельтрана Руиса. В 1954 году английский текст написал Норман Джимбел[1], и песню записал Дин Мартин (его запись …   Википедия

  • sway — sway; sway·er; sway·ing·ly; sway·less; …   English syllables

  • sway — [n] strong influence amplitude, authority, clout, command, control, dominion, empire, expanse, government, jurisdiction, mastery, might, power, predominance, range, reach, regime, reign, rule, run, scope, sovereignty, spread, stretch, sweep;… …   New thesaurus

  • sway — [swā] vi. [ME sweyen < ON sveigja, to turn, bend: for IE base see SWATHE1] 1. a) to swing or move from side to side or to and fro b) to vacillate or alternate between one position, opinion, etc. and another c) to lean or incline to one side;… …   English World dictionary

  • sway — ► VERB 1) move slowly and rhythmically backwards and forwards or from side to side. 2) cause (someone) to change their opinion; influence. 3) literary rule; govern. ► NOUN 1) a swaying movement. 2) influence; rule. ● …   English terms dictionary

  • sway — c.1300, to go, glide, move, probably from O.N. sveigja to bend, swing, give way, from P.Gmc. *swaigijanan and related to SWAG (Cf. swag) (v.) and SWING (Cf. swing). The sense of swing, wave, waver is first recorded c.1500. Related: Swayed;… …   Etymology dictionary

  • sway — vb 1 *swing, oscillate, fluctuate, pendulate, vibrate, waver, undulate Analogous words: *shake, rock, agitate, convulse 2 influence, impress, strike, touch, *affect Analogous words: control, direct, manage, *conduct: rule, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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