Swing beam
Swing Swing, n. 1. The act of swinging; a waving, oscillating, or vibratory motion of a hanging or pivoted object; oscillation; as, the swing of a pendulum. [1913 Webster]

2. Swaying motion from one side or direction to the other; as, some men walk with a swing. [1913 Webster]

3. A line, cord, or other thing suspended and hanging loose, upon which anything may swing; especially, an apparatus for recreation by swinging, commonly consisting of a rope, the two ends of which are attached overhead, as to the bough of a tree, a seat being placed in the loop at the bottom; also, any contrivance by which a similar motion is produced for amusement or exercise. [1913 Webster]

4. Influence of power of a body put in swaying motion. [1913 Webster]

The ram that batters down the wall, For the great swing and rudeness of his poise, They place before his hand that made the engine. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. Capacity of a turning lathe, as determined by the diameter of the largest object that can be turned in it. [1913 Webster]

6. Free course; unrestrained liberty or license; tendency. ``Take thy swing.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

To prevent anything which may prove an obstacle to the full swing of his genius. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

{Full swing}. See under {Full}.

{Swing beam} (Railway Mach.), a crosspiece sustaining the car body, and so suspended from the framing of a truck that it may have an independent lateral motion.

{Swing bridge}, a form of drawbridge which swings horizontally, as on a vertical pivot.

{Swing plow}, or {Swing plough}. (a) A plow without a fore wheel under the beam. (b) A reversible or sidehill plow.

{Swing wheel}. (a) The scape-wheel in a clock, which drives the pendulum. (b) The balance of a watch. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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