verb (used without object)
to move or swing to and fro, as something fixed at one end or resting on a support.
to move or incline to one side or in a particular direction.
to incline in opinion, sympathy, tendency, etc.:
She swayed toward conservatism.
to fluctuate or vacillate, as in opinion:
His ideas swayed this way and that.
to wield power; exercise rule.
verb (used with object)
to cause to move to and fro or to incline from side to side.
to cause to move to one side or in a particular direction.
Nautical. to hoist or raise (a yard, topmast, or the like) (usually followed by up).
to cause to fluctuate or vacillate.
to cause (the mind, emotions, etc., or a person) to incline or turn in a specified way; influence.
to cause to swerve, as from a purpose or a course of action:
He swayed them from their plan.
to dominate; direct.
to wield, as a weapon or scepter.
to rule; govern.
the act of swaying; swaying movement.
He held all Asia in his sway.
dominating power or influence:
Many voters were under his sway.
(usually intransitive) to swing or cause to swing to and fro
(usually intransitive) to lean or incline or cause to lean or incline to one side or in different directions in turn
(usually intransitive) to vacillate or cause to vacillate between two or more opinions
to be influenced or swerve or influence or cause to swerve to or from a purpose or opinion
(transitive) (nautical) to hoist (a yard, mast, or other spar)
(archaic or poetic) to rule or wield power (over)
(transitive) (archaic) to wield (a weapon)
a swinging or leaning movement
(archaic) dominion; governing authority
hold sway, to be master; reign
see: hold sway
noun 1. an excessive downward curvature of the spinal column in the dorsal region, especially of horses. adjective 2. swaybacked.
noun 1. an excessive downward curvature of the spinal column in the dorsal region, especially of horses. adjective 2. swaybacked. noun 1. (vet science) an abnormal sagging or concavity of the spine in older horses 2. a paralytic disease of new-born and young lambs caused by demyelination of the central nervous system due to copper […]
adjective, Veterinary Pathology. 1. having the back sagged to an unusual degree; having a sway-back.
noun, Automotive. 1. stabilizer bar.