Also called Big Band music, swing music. a style of jazz, popular especially in the 1930s and often arranged for a large dance band, marked by a smoother beat and more flowing phrasing than Dixieland and having less complex harmonies and rhythms than modern jazz.
the rhythmic element that excites dancers and listeners to move in time to jazz music.
of, relating to, or characteristic of swing:
a swing record.
verb (used with object), swung, swinging.
to play (music) in the style of swing.
verb swings, swinging, swung
to move or cause to move rhythmically to and fro, as a free-hanging object; sway
(intransitive) to move, walk, etc, with a relaxed and swaying motion
to pivot or cause to pivot, as on a hinge
to move or cause to move in a curve: the car swung around the bend
to move or cause to move by suspending or being suspended
to hang or be hung so as to be able to turn freely
(intransitive) (slang) to be hanged: he’ll swing for it
to alter or cause to alter habits, a course, etc
(transitive) (informal) to influence or manipulate successfully: I hope he can swing the deal
(transitive) foll by up. to raise or hoist, esp in a sweeping motion
(intransitive) often foll by at. to hit out or strike (at), esp with a sweeping motion
(transitive) to wave (a weapon, etc) in a sweeping motion; flourish
to arrange or play (music) with the rhythmically flexible and compulsive quality associated with jazz
(intransitive) (of popular music, esp jazz, or of the musicians who play it) to have this quality
(slang) to be lively and modern
(intransitive) (slang) to swap sexual partners in a group, esp habitually
(intransitive) (cricket) to bowl (a ball) with swing or (of a ball) to move with a swing
to turn (a ship or aircraft) in order to test compass error
(slang) swing both ways, to enjoy sexual partners of both sexes
(informal) swing the lead, to malinger or make up excuses
the act or manner of swinging or the distance covered while swinging: a wide swing
a sweeping stroke or blow
(boxing) a wide punch from the side similar to but longer than a hook
(cricket) the lateral movement of a bowled ball through the air
any free-swaying motion
any curving movement; sweep
something that swings or is swung, esp a suspended seat on which a person may sit and swing back and forth
a kind of popular dance music influenced by jazz, usually played by big bands and originating in the 1930s
(as modifier): swing music
(prosody) a steady distinct rhythm or cadence in prose or verse
(informal) the normal round or pace: get into the swing of things
a fluctuation, as in some business activity, voting pattern etc
(as modifier) able to bring about a swing in a voting pattern: swing party
(as modifier) having a mixed voting history, and thus becoming a target for political election campaigners: a swing state
(US, informal) free scope; freedom of activity
(mainly US) a circular tour
(Canadian) a tour of a particular area or region
(Canadian) (in the North) a train of freight sleighs or canoes
go with a swing, to go well; be successful
in full swing, at the height of activity
swings and roundabouts, equal advantages and disadvantages
A kind of jazz generally played by a “Big Band” and characterized by a lively rhythm suitable for dancing. The bands of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Glenn Miller played swing.
noun 1. a device used in television broadcasting during a general election to indicate the swing of votes from one political party to another
noun 1. a shift or transfer in attitude, opinion, or the like.
noun 1. a work shift in industry from midafternoon until midnight. 2. the group of workers on such a shift. noun (US & Canadian) 1. a group of workers who work a shift from late afternoon to midnight in an industry or occupation where a day shift or a night shift is also worked 2. […]
- Swing space
noun 1. (mainly US & Canadian) a temporary working environment, used esp while renovations are being carried out