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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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Slowly she was gaining her way to the greater heights where safety lay, when, after a particularly daring leap, the swaying branch she grasped bent low beneath her weight, nor whipped upward again as it should have done.
The captor could not fight to advantage upon the swaying bough, burdened as he was by a squirming, struggling captive, so he dropped quickly to the ground beneath.
The fact is that insensibly, the absolute strangeness of everything, the sickly jarring and swaying of the machine, above all, the feeling of prolonged falling, had absolutely upset my nerve.
Before him he saw the straight lines of the shafts which constantly deceived him into thinking they were on a well-travelled road, and the horse's swaying crupper with his knotted tail blown to one side, and farther ahead the high shaft-bow and the swaying head and neck of the horse with its waving mane.
HIS long black coat I can see it now Streaming behind him Swaying And Falling in neat folds at the back It smelt of fresh air Of long walks unending Sending me even weaker than then Is it madness to be attracted again Is it madness to feel romantic again And yet still stay away?
Selden would climb up the new pole and perform his usual swaying acrobatics.
I'm not certain what happened exactly but the bus started swaying then went to one side.
THE stampede that left 456 people dead in Cambodia was last night blamed on a swaying footbridge triggering mass panic.
and prevent railcars swaying excessively from side to side "this device is not mounted transversely at all but longitudinally, between the bogie frame and the vehicle body.
We went outside into the street and saw trees and electricity poles swaying.
Several other notable practices underlie Obama's skill in swaying hearts and minds.
1 : to swing slowly back and forth or from side to side <Tree branches were swaying in the wind.