I. noun Etymology: Middle English sweigh, from sweyen Date: 14th century 1. the action or an instance of swaying or of being swayed ; an oscillating, fluctuating, or sweeping motion 2. an inclination or deflection caused by or as if by swaying 3. a. a controlling influence b. sovereign power ; dominion c. the ability to exercise influence or authority ; dominance Synonyms: see power II. verb Etymology: alteration of earlier swey to fall, swoon, from Middle English sweyen, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse sveigja to sway; akin to Lithuanian svaigti to become dizzy Date: circa 1500 intransitive verb 1. a. to swing slowly and rhythmically back and forth from a base or pivot b. to move gently from an upright to a leaning position 2. to hold sway ; act as ruler or governor 3. to fluctuate or veer between one point, position, or opinion and another transitive verb 1. a. to cause to sway ; set to swinging, rocking, or oscillating b. to cause to bend downward to one side c. to cause to turn aside ; deflect, divert 2. archaic a. wield b. govern, rule 3. a. to cause to vacillate b. to exert a guiding or controlling influence on 4. to hoist in place <
sway up a mast
Synonyms: see swing, affectswayer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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