Swing bridge
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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  • swing bridge — swing bridges N COUNT A swing bridge is a low bridge that can be opened either in the middle or on one side in order to let ships pass through …   English dictionary

  • swing bridge — n BrE a bridge that can be pulled up for tall ships to go under it …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • swing bridge — n. a bridge that can be swung back in a horizontal plane to allow tall vessels, etc. to pass …   English World dictionary

  • Swing bridge — A swing bridge is a movable bridge that has as its primary structural support a vertical locating pin and support ring at or near to its center, about which the turning span can then pivot horizontally as shown in the animated illustration below …   Wikipedia

  • swing bridge — noun also swing drawbridge : a drawbridge that opens and closes to river craft by rotating around a central pier called also swivel bridge; compare lift bridge * * * a bridge that can open by pivoting on a central pier to let vessels pass. [1700… …   Useful english dictionary

  • swing bridge — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms swing bridge : singular swing bridge plural swing bridges British a bridge over a river that can swing sideways to let ships pass …   English dictionary

  • swing bridge — /ˈswɪŋ brɪdʒ/ (say swing brij) noun 1. a bridge which is pivoted and may be swung open horizontally to allow ships to pass; pivot bridge. 2. a pedestrian bridge suspended by cables …   Australian English dictionary

  • swing bridge — a bridge that can open by pivoting on a central pier to let vessels pass. [1700 10] * * * …   Universalium

  • swing bridge — type of bridge that opens to allows ship to pass through …   English contemporary dictionary

  • swing bridge — noun a bridge that can be swung to one side to allow ships to pass …   English new terms dictionary

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