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sway

[swā]
(naval architecture)
Lateral movement of the center of gravity of a ship.

sway

In thatched roof construction, one of the small willow or hazelwood rods laid at right angles to the thatching to hold it down.
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At the Betterton Theatre, run by Sir Thomas Betterton (Wilkinson), Ned Kynaston (Crudup) holds sway with his portrayals of the great female roles.
This is a compilation of 18 stories copyrighted from 1998 to 2002 that feature characters from de Lint's fictional town of Newford, anytown USA, where magic holds sway.
In no small measure because of Drescher's previous scholarship, particularly his frontal assault on the influential economic interpretation of British antislavery by Eric Williams, the notion that slavery in the British West Indies had suffered a kind of market death no longer holds sway.
Webb and his contemporaries pit surface and sincerity against one another as though to discover which one holds sway.
The LMDC holds sway over the site, but Amanda Burden--chair of the Department of City Planning--is the LMDC's sounding board.
His opinion was that if one desired to be guaranteed a university degree, one would simply have to go into the field of education, and constantly agree with one's professors; for in the faculties of education, political consensus ultimately holds sway over academic achievement.