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swing

1. Boxing a wide punch from the side similar to but longer than a hook
2. Cricket the lateral movement of a bowled ball through the air
3. something that swings or is swung, esp a suspended seat on which a person may sit and swing back and forth
4. 
a. a kind of popular dance music influenced by jazz, usually played by big bands and originating in the 1930s
b. (as modifier): swing music
5. Prosody a steady distinct rhythm or cadence in prose or verse
6. 
a. a fluctuation, as in some business activity, voting pattern etc.
b. able to bring about a swing in a voting pattern
c. having a mixed voting history, and thus becoming a target for political election campaigners
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swing

see ELECTORAL SWING.

Swing

 

a movement among English farm laborers and small farmers in southern and southeastern England in the 1830’s. It owed its origin to an increase in the number of poor and unemployed agricultural laborers brought about by the economic crisis of 1830 and by the introduction of agricultural machines. The farm laborers attacked the estates, set fire to harvested grain, and destroyed agricultural implements belonging to the landowners and wealthy farmers. The rebels’ demands were stated in letters that circulated under the signature of “Captain Swing,” a fictitious name derived from “swing,” the striking part of a wooden flail (in the figurative sense, the gallows). The movement was suppressed with the aid of troops.

swing

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(electricity)
Variation in frequency or amplitude of an electrical quantity.
(engineering)
The arc or curve described by the point of a pick or mandril when being used.
Rotation of the superstructure of a power shovel on the vertical shaft in the mounting.
To rotate a revolving shovel on its base.

swing

The action of a door’s movement, usually on hinges or pivots, about a hanging stile.

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Simplex burner.
i. An uncontrolled turn on the ground either on takeoff or, more often, on landing in a tail-wheel aircraft. Also called a ground loop
ii. To turn a propeller by hand to start the engine.
iii. To calibrate compass deviation by recording its values at predetermined intervals and correcting the deviation to the extent possible.
iv. The sudden yaw of a multiengine airplane when one of the engines, especially the one away from the centerline, fails.
v. In aerial photography, it is the angle measured in the plane of the photograph from the positive y-axis clock-wise to the nadir point.

Swing

(programming)
Java's graphical user interface (GUI) package that provides a large collection of widgets (buttons, labels, lists etc.) that behave similarly on different platforms. Swing features "pluggable look & feel", allowing the program to look like a Windows, Motif or Macintosh application. It is implemented using the Model View Controller (MVC) architecture and makes extensive use of nested "containers" to control the handling of events such as keystrokes.

http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.3/docs/api/javax/swing/package-summary.html.

Swing

A Java toolkit for developing graphical user interfaces (GUIs). It includes elements such as menus, toolbars and dialog boxes. Swing is written in Java and is thus platform independent, unlike the Java Abstract Window Toolkit (AWT), which provides platform-specific code. Swing also has more sophisticated interface capabilities than AWT and offers such features as tabbed panes and the ability to change images on buttons. Swing is included in the Java Foundation Classes (JFC) which are provided in the Java Developers Toolkit (JDK). See JFC and JDK.


Swing Vs. AWT
Swing calls the operating system at a lower level than AWT. Whereas AWT routines use native code, Swing was written entirely in Java and is platform independent.
References in classic literature ?
Korak did not move until the great arms swung to embrace him, then he dropped low beneath them, swung a terrific right to the side of the beast's jaw as he side-stepped his rushing body, and swinging quickly about stood ready over the fallen ape where he sprawled upon the ground.
Moti Guj curled the tip of his trunk, Chihun put his foot there, and was swung on to the neck.
Then he pushed him in head first, tied up the sack, and soon swung up the searcher after wisdom dangling in the air.
With silent paddle I swung slowly into the wake of the larger craft.
Like some huge phantom, Kala swung noiselessly from tree to tree; now running nimbly along a great branch, now swinging through space at the end of another, only to grasp that of a farther tree in her rapid progress toward the scene of the tragedy her knowledge of jungle life told her was being enacted a short distance before her.
Close by were many trees bearing large, hard fruits and to one of these the ape-man swung with the agility of a squirrel.
Bearded and gray was Manu, the monkey, and to his dim old eyes came the fire of recollection of those days when Tarzan of the Apes had ruled supreme, Lord of the Jungle, over all the myriad life that trod the matted vegetation between the boles of the great trees, or flew or swung or climbed in the leafy fastness upward to the very apex of the loftiest terraces.
Tied or trussed like fowls or pigs, they were tumbled on the hard- packed earthen floor, beneath which, shallowly buried, lay the remains of ancient chiefs, while, overhead, in wrappings of grass mats, swung all that was left of several of Bashti's immediate predecessors, his father latest among them and so swinging for two full generations.
Martingale, bob-stays and all parted, as well as all starboard stays to the bowsprit, so that the bowsprit swung out to port at right angles and uplifted to the drag of the remaining topmast stays.
For a long time the Farmer, brandishing an empty sling, chased them away by the terror he inspired; but when the birds found that the sling was only swung in the air, they ceased to take any notice of it and would not move.