Tikibu: pronunciation dictionary with use examples

Word: sway
IPA transcription: [sw'eɪ]
noun meaning of the word
  • Synonyms: sway
    Meaning: controlling influence
verb meaning of the word
  • Synonyms: rock, sway, shake
    Meaning: move back and forth or sideways; "the ship was rocking"; "the tall building swayed"; "She rocked back and forth on her feet"
  • Synonyms: swing, sway
    Meaning: move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner; "He swung back"
  • Synonyms: carry, persuade, sway
    Meaning: win approval or support for; "Carry all before one"; "His speech did not sway the voters"
Usage examples
  • The Master said, What is it to sway a kingdom by courteous yielding?
  • This god was also worshipped by the military aristocracy of Mitanni, which held sway for a period over Assyria.
  • The despotism of beauty is not a very mild sway, after all; and perhaps the Countess had exercised her rule right royally.
  • "Beauteous lady, dry your tears, Here's no cause for sighs or fears; Command as freely as you may, Enjoyment still shall mark your sway."
  • The horse stood still till he had finished the hymn, which Jude repeated under the sway of a polytheistic fancy that he would never have thought of humouring in broad daylight.
  • Your fault was that of a warm heart seduced by love, over which reason could have no sway, and your flight-- the action of a soul crying for reparation or for revenge-fully justifies you.
  • The room seemed to sway and tip as the ship had done, and there was a continuous sound as of thunder, a strange undercurrent that seemed to her strained nerves like the moaning of the lost souls of all the ages, who had lived and toiled and smothered in this monstrous and terrible city.
  • And, perhaps, the efforts which the aristocrats are making here, as well as in every other part of Europe, to secure their sway, will be the most effectual mode of undermining it, taking into the calculation that the King of Sweden, like most of the potentates of Europe, has continually been augmenting his power by encroaching on the privileges of the nobles.
  • But at the commencement of July, 1509, they heard that the important town of Padua, which had fallen to the share of Emperor Maximilian, was uttering passionate murmurs against its new master, and wished for nothing better than to come back beneath the old sway; and, in spite of the opposition shown by the doge, Loredano, the Venetians resolved to attempt the venture.
  • He rests among the dead. The swarm that in thy noon-tide beam were born? --Gone to salute the rising morn. Fair laughs the Morn, and soft the zephyr blows, While proudly riding o'er the azure realm In gallant trim the gilded Vessel goes: Youth on the prow, and Pleasure at the helm: Regardless of the sweeping Whirlwind's sway, That hush'd in grim repose expects his evening prey.