Definition of swing noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



; swɪŋ


1 [countable] a swinging movement or rhythmHe took a wild swing at the ball.the swing of her hips

of opinion/mood

2 [countable] a change from one opinion or situation to another; the amount by which something changesHe is liable to abrupt mood swings(= for example from being very happy to being very sad).Voting showed a 10% swing to Labour.There are indications of a swing towards nuclear power.

hanging seat

3 [countable] a seat for swinging on, hung from above on ropes or chainsThe kids were playing on the swings.

in golf

4 [singular] the swinging movement you make with your arms and body when you hit the ball in the game of golfI need to work on my swing.


5 [uncountable] a type of jazz with a smooth rhythm, played especially by big dance bands in the 1930s


6 [singular] (North American English) a quick journey, especially one made by a politician, in which somebody visits several different places in a short timea three-day campaign swing through California

get in/into the swing (of something)

(informal) to get used to an activity or a situation and become fully involved in itI've only been here a week so I haven't got into the swing of things yet.

go with a swing

(British English)1 (of a party or an activity) to be lively and enjoyableShe made the whole party go with a swing.2 (of music) to have a strong rhythm

in full swing

having reached a very lively level
When we arrived the party was already in full swing.

swings and roundabouts

(British English, informal) used to say that there are advantages and disadvantages whatever decision you makeIf you earn more, you pay more in tax, so it's all swings and roundabouts.What you gain on the swings you may lose on the roundabouts.