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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Swayed — Swayed, a. Bent down, and hollow in the back; sway backed; said of a horse. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swayed — swayed; un·swayed; …   English syllables

  • swayed — index one sided, partial (biased), partisan Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • swayed — /swayd/, adj. Vet. Pathol. swaybacked. [1570 80; SWAY + ED2] * * * …   Universalium

  • swayed — adjective /sweɪd/ Bent backwards, as in swayback …   Wiktionary

  • swayed — Synonyms and related words: antiblack, biased, chauvinistic, colored, doctrinaire, dogmatic, influenced, interested, involved, jaundiced, know nothing, nonobjective, one sided, opinionated, partial, partisan, prejudiced, prepossessed, racist,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • swayed — sweɪ n. swaying movement, moving back and forth; influence, control, authority v. move back and forth, swing to and fro; lean in a certain direction; be inclined toward, be sympathetic to; hesitate; cause to swing; influence, affect the opinion… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • swayed — adjective Etymology: from past participle of sway (I) : swaybacked …   Useful english dictionary

  • swayed back and forth — swung back and forth, moved back and forth …   English contemporary dictionary

  • swayed in the wind — moved in the wind, blew in the wind, twisted in the wind …   English contemporary dictionary

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