To swing round the circle
Swing Swing, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Swung}; Archaic imp. {Swang}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Swinging}.] [OE. swingen, AS. swingan to scourge, to fly, to flutter; akin to G. schwingen to winnow, to swingle, oscillate, sich schwingen to leap, to soar, OHG. swingan to throw, to scourge, to soar, Sw. svinga to swing, to whirl, Dan. svinge. Cf. {Swagger}, {Sway}, {Swinge}, {Swink}.] 1. To move to and fro, as a body suspended in the air; to wave; to vibrate; to oscillate. [1913 Webster]

I tried if a pendulum would swing faster, or continue swinging longer, in case of exsuction of the air. --Boyle. [1913 Webster]

2. To sway or move from one side or direction to another; as, the door swung open. [1913 Webster]

3. To use a swing; as, a boy swings for exercise or pleasure. See {Swing}, n., 3. [1913 Webster]

4. (Naut.) To turn round by action of wind or tide when at anchor; as, a ship swings with the tide. [1913 Webster]

5. To be hanged. [Colloq.] --D. Webster. [1913 Webster]

{To swing round the circle}, to make a complete circuit. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

He had swung round the circle of theories and systems in which his age abounded, without finding relief. --A. V. G. Allen. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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