Full swing
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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  • Full swing — Full Full (f[.u]l), a. [Compar. {Fuller} (f[.u]l [ e]r); superl. {Fullest}.] [OE. & AS. ful; akin to OS. ful, D. vol, OHG. fol, G. voll, Icel. fullr, Sw. full, Dan. fuld, Goth. fulls, L. plenus, Gr. plh rhs, Skr. p[=u][.r]na full, pr[=a] to fill …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • full swing — full operation; greatest activity: For the first time in years the factory was in full swing. The meeting was in full swing when we arrived. * * * …   Universalium

  • full swing — full operation; greatest activity: For the first time in years the factory was in full swing. The meeting was in full swing when we arrived …   Useful english dictionary

  • full swing — If a something is in full swing, it is going or doing well …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • full swing —    If a something is in full swing, it is going or doing well.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Full swing —   If a something is in full swing, it is going or doing well …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • full swing — Synonyms and related words: ample scope, blank check, carte blanche, clearance, elbowroom, field, free course, free hand, free play, free scope, full scope, latitude, leeway, long rope, maneuvering space, margin, no holds barred, open space, play …   Moby Thesaurus

  • Full Swing (game show) — Full Swing was a game show that combined general knowledge questions and the game of Golf which aired on BBC1 for one series in 1996, the programme was hosted by Jimmy Tarbuck.GameplayEach week 3 contestants were paired up with celebrity guests… …   Wikipedia

  • full swing, (in) —  Very active and successful …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • in full swing — adverb proceeding with full vigor the party was in full swing • Syn: ↑in full action * * * in full swing At the height of activity • • • Main Entry: ↑full in full swing 1. In fully active operation 2. In mid career …   Useful english dictionary

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