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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Swaying  \Sway"ing\,  n. 
  An  injury  caused  by  violent  strains  or  by  overloading;  -- 
  said  of  the  backs  of  horses.  --Crabb. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Sway  \Sway\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Swayed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Swaying}.]  [OE.  sweyen,  Icel.  sveigja  akin  to  E.  swing;  cf 
  D.  zwaaijen  to  wield,  swing.  See  {Swing},  and  cf  {Swag},  v. 
  i.] 
  1.  To  move  or  wield  with  the  hand;  to  swing;  to  wield;  as  to 
  sway  the  scepter. 
 
  As  sparkles  from  the  anvil  rise,  When  heavy  hammers 
  on  the  wedge  are  swayed.  --Spenser. 
 
  2.  To  influence  or  direct  by  power  and  authority;  by 
  persuasion,  or  by  moral  force;  to  rule  to  govern;  to 
  guide. 
 
  The  will  of  man  is  by  his  reason  swayed.  --Shak. 
 
  She  could  not  sway  her  house.  --Shak. 
 
  This  was  the  race  To  sway  the  world,  and  land  and 
  sea  subdue.  --Dryden. 
 
  3.  To  cause  to  incline  or  swing  to  one  side  or  backward  and 
  forward;  to  bias;  to  turn;  to  bend;  warp;  as  reeds  swayed 
  by  wind;  judgment  swayed  by  passion. 
 
  As  bowls  run  true  by  being  made  On  purpose  false, 
  and  to  be  swayed.  --Hudibras. 
 
  Let  not  temporal  and  little  advantages  sway  you 
  against  a  more  durable  interest.  --Tillotson. 
 
  4.  (Naut.)  To  hoist;  as  to  sway  up  the  yards. 
 
  Syn:  To  bias;  rule  govern;  direct;  influence;  swing;  move 
  wave;  wield. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  swaying 
  adj  :  moving  to  and  fro  suspended  or  as  if  suspended  from  above; 
  "a  swinging  flower  basket"  [syn:  {swinging}] 




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