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.
(Science: machinery) Swing beam, a crosspiece sustaining the car body, and so suspended from the framing of a truck that it may have an independent lateral motion. e46 Swing bridge, a form of drawbridge which swings horizontally, as on a vertical pivot. Swing plow, or Swing plough. A plow without a fore wheel under the beam. A reversible or sidehill plow. Swing wheel. The scape-wheel in a clock, which drives the pendulum. The balance of a watch.
1. To move to and fro, as a body suspended in the air; to wave; to vibrate; to oscillate. I tried if a pendulum would swing faster, or continue swinging longer, in case of exsuction of the air. (boyle)
2. To sway or move from one side or direction to another; as, the door swung open.
Origin: 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.