(1)   Pitching dangerously to one side
(2)   Controlling influence


(3)   Move back and forth or sideways
"The ship was rocking"
"The tall building swayed"
"She rocked back and forth on her feet"
(4)   Cause to move back and forth
"Rock the cradle"
"Rock the baby"
"The wind swayed the trees gently"
(5)   Move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner
"He swung back"
(6)   Win approval or support for
"Carry all before one"
"His speech did not sway the voters"


  1. The act of swaying; a swaying motion; a swing or sweep of a weapon.
  2. A rocking or swinging motion.
  3. Influence, weight, or authority that inclines to one side; as, the sway of desires.
    I doubt I'll hold much sway with someone so powerful.
  4. Preponderance; turn or cast of balance.
  5. Rule; dominion; control.
  6. A switch or rod used by thatchers to bind their work.
  7. The maximum amplitude of a vehicle's lateral motion


  1. To move or swing from side to side; or backward and forward; to rock.
    The trees swayed in the breeze.
  2. To move or wield with the hand; to swing; to wield; as, to sway the scepter.
  3. To influence or direct by power, authority, persuasion, or by moral force; to rule; to govern; to guide. Cf. persuade
    Do you think you can sway their decision?
  4. To cause to incline or swing to one side, or backward and forward; to bias; to turn; to bend; warp; as, reeds swayed by wind
    judgment swayed by passion
  5. To hoist
    to sway up the yards
  6. To be drawn to one side by weight or influence; to lean; to incline.
  7. To have weight or influence.
  8. To bear sway; to rule; to govern.