sway

[swey]
verb (used without object)
1.
to move or swing to and fro, as something fixed at one end or resting on a support.
2.
to move or incline to one side or in a particular direction.
3.
to incline in opinion, sympathy, tendency, etc.: She swayed toward conservatism.
4.
to fluctuate or vacillate, as in opinion: His ideas swayed this way and that.
5.
to wield power; exercise rule.
verb (used with object)
6.
to cause to move to and fro or to incline from side to side.
7.
to cause to move to one side or in a particular direction.
8.
Nautical. to hoist or raise (a yard, topmast, or the like) (usually followed by up ).
9.
to cause to fluctuate or vacillate.
10.
to cause (the mind, emotions, etc., or a person) to incline or turn in a specified way; influence.
11.
to cause to swerve, as from a purpose or a course of action: He swayed them from their plan.
12.
to dominate; direct.
13.
to wield, as a weapon or scepter.
14.
to rule; govern.
noun
15.
the act of swaying; swaying movement.
16.
rule; dominion: He held all Asia in his sway.
17.
dominating power or influence: Many voters were under his sway.

Origin:
1300–50; (v.) Middle English sweyen < Old Norse sveigja to bend, sway (transitive); (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.

swayable, adjective
swayer, noun
swayingly, adverb
self-sway, noun
unswayable, adjective
unswaying, adjective


1. wave. See swing1. 3. lean, bend, tend.
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sway (sweɪ)
 
vb
1.  (usually intr) to swing or cause to swing to and fro
2.  (usually intr) to lean or incline or cause to lean or incline to one side or in different directions in turn
3.  (usually intr) to vacillate or cause to vacillate between two or more opinions
4.  to be influenced or swerve or influence or cause to swerve to or from a purpose or opinion
5.  (tr) nautical to hoist (a yard, mast, or other spar)
6.  archaic, poetic or to rule or wield power (over)
7.  archaic (tr) to wield (a weapon)
 
n
8.  control; power
9.  a swinging or leaning movement
10.  archaic dominion; governing authority
11.  hold sway to be master; reign
 
[C16: probably from Old Norse sveigja to bend; related to Dutch zwaaien, Low German swājen]
 
'swayable
 
adj
 
'swayer
 
n
 
'swayful
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

sway
c.1300, "to go, glide, move," probably from O.N. sveigja "to bend, swing, give way," from P.Gmc. *swaigijanan and related to swag (v.) and swing. The sense of "swing, wave, waver" is first recorded c.1500. The noun meaning "controlling influence"
(to be under the sway of) is 1510, from a transitive sense of the verb in Du. and other languages. The verb in this sense is recorded in Eng. from 1593.
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Example sentences
Palm trees swaying gently in the mid-morning breeze.
Scientists believed that this chevron shape would resist the swaying that could
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Gigantic turbines out of sight, swaying gently from side to side.
The chimpanzees' hair will stand on end and then they start this rhythmic
  swaying from side to side.
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